04 March, 2014
South Africa’s test skipper, Graeme Smith is all set to retire from international cricket after the end of the final Test against Australia in Cape Town.
The 33-year-old left handed batsman has played 33 Twenty20 internationals, 197 one-day internationals and currently playing his 117th Test match with total 9262 runs an average of 48.49.
Smith said in an interview after the third day's play at Newlands,
"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year.
I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years-old."
During his captaincy, South Africa became the No.1 Test side in ICC’s rankings in 2012.