South Africa news March 3, 2014

Graeme Smith announces South Africa retirement

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Cullinan - Smith brought a Waugh-like leadership to SA

Graeme Smith has announced he will retire from international cricket at the conclusion of the final Test against Australia in Cape Town.

Smith, 33, is playing his 117th Test match - 109 of which have been as captain, a world record - and currently stands on 9257 runs. He revealed the news to his team-mates after the third day's play at Newlands. He said finishing on his home ground felt like the perfect ending and that it was something he had been considering since ankle surgery last year.

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life," he said. "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.

"I have always been someone who has left everything out there on the field for my team and for my country. I'm extremely honoured and proud to have had the privilege to lead so many wonderful players and to have been a part of building the Proteas culture to what it is today. It is a culture that every player can be, and is, immensely proud of."

In the current series, with one innings remaining, Smith has made just 42 runs and has been troubled particularly by Mitchell Johnson. He has not scored a half-century for eight innings - although did make 234 against Pakistan in October - and if South Africa lose against Australia it will be their first series loss since 2008-09. There were rumours before the India series late last year that Smith, who took on the captaincy in 2003, threatened to resign over selection issues.

His statement continued: "I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the support from my parents and brother, my wife and children, my friends, my sponsors, my fans and to Cricket South Africa. I thank and honour the players who I have played with and those who have supported me and helped me to be the person and captain I am today.

"I have been fortunate to have had many highs, amongst them leading and being part of the best Test team in the world. I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I bid my career a fond yet sad farewell."

One of many of the notable statistics in Smith's career is that none of his 27th Test hundreds have come in a defeat. Stand-out performances that he will be remembered for include back-to-back double hundreds against England in 2003, his series-winning innings at Edgbaston in 2008, captaining South Africa to a series with in Australia, during which he came out to bat with a broken hand in Sydney, and maintaining South Africa's formidable record on the subcontinent.

Smith's retirement follows quickly on from that of Jacques Kallis who quit Test cricket at the end of last year, although Kallis is aiming to extend his ODI career to take part in the World Cup. Smith's one-day career had appeared to be on the wane when he was dropped after last year's series against Pakistan in the UAE; in 197 ODIs he scored 6989 runs at 37.98 with 10 hundreds.

One of the impacts of Smith's retirement is that he will now be able to play for Surrey as a non-overseas player due to his Irish citizenship. The first year of his deal was cut short by his need for ankle surgery. When he signed his contract with Surrey there were suggestions at the time that he could end his South Africa career there and then.

Haroon Lorgat, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, admitted Smith's decision had come as a shock and praised his "nerves of steel".

"Although Graeme's decision to retire from all forms of international cricket comes as a surprise to all of us, we must respect him for deciding to call time," he said. "Knowing him as well as I do, having been instrumental as a selector in appointing him as a young captain, he would not have taken this decision lightly or without a great deal of thought.

"He has captained the Proteas for more than a decade and he will draw a lot more satisfaction from the fact that he leaves our Test team at the top of the world and in such good health rather than from all the personal records he has achieved as the longest-serving captain the game has ever seen in the demanding Test format.

"I would like us to remember Graeme for his nerves of steel and his match-winning performances that were synonymous with some of the most remarkable fourth innings victory chases of all time. These included setting up the 414 runs chase against Australia at Perth and his series-clinching innings at Edgbaston in 2008, not to mention the unbeaten century the last time he faced Australia at Newlands in 2011. His role in setting up the famous 438 win over Australia in 2006 was also a performance never to be forgotten.

"He can leave the game with pride and he thoroughly deserves the gratitude of our nation for leading the Proteas with much distinction. From a personal point of view I am thrilled that I was part of the panel that appointed him captain in 2003 when his first major assignment was a tough tour to England and I feel privileged to see him now move on to the next stage of his career. He has been a mighty warrior, a leader of men and an exceptional part of our international cricket."

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  • POSTED BY NikhilAsrani on | March 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    An absolute champion of a cricketer Graeme Smith is retiring, a true legend of the game. He always scored hundreds when his team needed the most. He has been the epitome of Cricket South Africa and has played the most important role in the rise of South Africa as a cricket nation. His behaviour on and off the field and the way he has lead the team with absolute calmness and sincerity for such a long time is a quality very few cricketers have. Its amazing that South Africa have never lost a Test when he has scored a century - 18 wins and 9 draws.

    Whatever happens in his last test doesn't really matter. @Graeme Smith - Congrats on an astounding career and enjoy your last 2 days. Take a bow #champion.

  • POSTED BY vantunow on | March 5, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson ends another career. Fact that!

  • POSTED BY kallisalles on | March 5, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    To young Biffy. We (SA) have been robbed and to a large degree have robbed ourselves of not being able to be entertained by the best test captain ever for a few more years. SA has a very strange way of repaying their legends. The press and Graeme have been silent on the real issues: 1. A fickle South African cricketing public which largely has no clue about cricket and what a captain in SA has to put up a daily basis, particularly off the field. 2. Interference in terms of selections 3. Coaches trying to impose their will, when surely Graeme earned the right to have the final call based on sheer weight of results and experience.4. CSA need I say more other than the number of tests we got as the number 1 test team and then series being limited to 2-3 tests. If these issues were resolved Biffy would still be playing his cricket in SA not in Surrey. SA lost the test today, but have lost a whole lot more. We lost a brilliant leader, a real hero who left behind a team of fighters

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    it was heart broking news for me. GREAME SMITH i love your cricket, sucha a great personality...... every thing is very very good and best of all in smith. captaining, batting, cricket situation thinking, determination,attitude, ability and all. love you smith...nd best of luck. i will be never miss you and also the game, also the sports. Not just a sad day this is Sad time for cricket and me. Please please smith reconsider your decision. [Shakeel Ghouri a fan of smith from Pakistan]

  • POSTED BY javed.agrawala on | March 5, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    all the very best. you will be missed, buff!

    ---fans from pakistan

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | March 5, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Can say, the best leader the game of Cricket has seen so far. The responsibilities he shouldered from age 22, is a great testament to his determination and will power. To hang his boots, when he clearly have couple years to go... and to call the day in the simplest fashion in his generation (at his achievement levels)... is a great way to thank his believers... It is tough to be a GC Smith. SA and world Cricket will certainly miss him a lot... A personality that taught the world Cricket, what is meant by tough skinned, resilient, out of the box thinking... His mind and soul seeking something that he need to graduate into, from his love for the game. He leaves a legendary character to his SA Cricketing people. With due respect, Congrats and Best Wishes

  • POSTED BY paapam on | March 5, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Well done Graeme. Form not age was beginning to loom. A brilliant readily available substitute in De'villiers was probably a catalyst. Defy all odds Graeme and score a match-saving hundred in the second innings.

  • POSTED BY Naani..Deepu on | March 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Greatest player for SA, Most memorable was he came to bat with a broken finger to rescue SA was not succeded but had a honour from every cricketing fan... Wish you goodluck Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    one of my most favourite player in international cricket. he was a real warrior

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I would say its zulu redemption :)

  • POSTED BY NikhilAsrani on | March 4, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    An absolute champion of a cricketer Graeme Smith is retiring, a true legend of the game. He always scored hundreds when his team needed the most. He has been the epitome of Cricket South Africa and has played the most important role in the rise of South Africa as a cricket nation. His behaviour on and off the field and the way he has lead the team with absolute calmness and sincerity for such a long time is a quality very few cricketers have. Its amazing that South Africa have never lost a Test when he has scored a century - 18 wins and 9 draws.

    Whatever happens in his last test doesn't really matter. @Graeme Smith - Congrats on an astounding career and enjoy your last 2 days. Take a bow #champion.

  • POSTED BY vantunow on | March 5, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson ends another career. Fact that!

  • POSTED BY kallisalles on | March 5, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    To young Biffy. We (SA) have been robbed and to a large degree have robbed ourselves of not being able to be entertained by the best test captain ever for a few more years. SA has a very strange way of repaying their legends. The press and Graeme have been silent on the real issues: 1. A fickle South African cricketing public which largely has no clue about cricket and what a captain in SA has to put up a daily basis, particularly off the field. 2. Interference in terms of selections 3. Coaches trying to impose their will, when surely Graeme earned the right to have the final call based on sheer weight of results and experience.4. CSA need I say more other than the number of tests we got as the number 1 test team and then series being limited to 2-3 tests. If these issues were resolved Biffy would still be playing his cricket in SA not in Surrey. SA lost the test today, but have lost a whole lot more. We lost a brilliant leader, a real hero who left behind a team of fighters

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    it was heart broking news for me. GREAME SMITH i love your cricket, sucha a great personality...... every thing is very very good and best of all in smith. captaining, batting, cricket situation thinking, determination,attitude, ability and all. love you smith...nd best of luck. i will be never miss you and also the game, also the sports. Not just a sad day this is Sad time for cricket and me. Please please smith reconsider your decision. [Shakeel Ghouri a fan of smith from Pakistan]

  • POSTED BY javed.agrawala on | March 5, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    all the very best. you will be missed, buff!

    ---fans from pakistan

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | March 5, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Can say, the best leader the game of Cricket has seen so far. The responsibilities he shouldered from age 22, is a great testament to his determination and will power. To hang his boots, when he clearly have couple years to go... and to call the day in the simplest fashion in his generation (at his achievement levels)... is a great way to thank his believers... It is tough to be a GC Smith. SA and world Cricket will certainly miss him a lot... A personality that taught the world Cricket, what is meant by tough skinned, resilient, out of the box thinking... His mind and soul seeking something that he need to graduate into, from his love for the game. He leaves a legendary character to his SA Cricketing people. With due respect, Congrats and Best Wishes

  • POSTED BY paapam on | March 5, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    Well done Graeme. Form not age was beginning to loom. A brilliant readily available substitute in De'villiers was probably a catalyst. Defy all odds Graeme and score a match-saving hundred in the second innings.

  • POSTED BY Naani..Deepu on | March 4, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Greatest player for SA, Most memorable was he came to bat with a broken finger to rescue SA was not succeded but had a honour from every cricketing fan... Wish you goodluck Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    one of my most favourite player in international cricket. he was a real warrior

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    I would say its zulu redemption :)

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | March 4, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Good luck to Smith in his retirement. Another expected causality due to Mitchell Johnson.

  • POSTED BY Ankit_Sharma on | March 4, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Even being an Indian, SA has always been my fav team for the shear dedication on cricket field. It started from Cronje's team of Pollock, Donald, Zulu, Cullinan, Rhodes.

    Smith has continued that spirit and actually has taken couple of notches higher. He was announced captain at 23, a very tender age to shoulder such a mammoth load. But he came out with flying colors. He nurtured talents like ABD, Amla, Steyn, Morkel, Philander. He took Proteas to No.1, a deserved ranking for a gutsy team. Thank you Biff for taking care of my fav team. God bless you!!

  • POSTED BY cricket-india on | March 4, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    smith nevr gets enough credit for scoring nearly 9000 tst runs as an opener and for never losing a test in which he made a century. lesser players are being called legneds even as they make meaningless runs around floundering teams. smith is one of the most underrated champions of the game, and is too young to retire. sad to see the captian who 'retired' 3 english captains finally retire himself!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    His ankle may still be causing him issues so he may want to have a lengthy pro career with Surrey until he is 37-38 then maybe join the coaching team. Another 2 or 3 years in the test arena would have done his ankle no favors. He has been dropped from the ODI side so no 2015 world cup to aim for.He can live in GB due to his Irish marriage so it works out nicely for him. Probably the best thing. Only thing is this his final test series could be a losing one on his home ground. So a bit of disappointment there for him.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    A great career comes to an end. Graeme Smith, cricket's Iron Man! #Farewell

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    I remember the first game I saw him play. Watching on my little TV in my room as a 17 year old in the 2003 cricket world cup when they played NZ in the pool stages. He was an opening batsman in the ODI format and I remember seeing him absolutely tear our bowling apart with aggressive strong technique. SA lost that game thanks to an incredible innings from another great captain of the game Stephen Fleming. But you could tell there and then that Graeme was going to be a huge influence on international cricket. very sad to see him go, same with Kallis.

  • POSTED BY Binisa Mohanty on | March 4, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    farewell to the colossus of south african cricket... it was a treat to watch him play and lead the proteas to some of its glorious moments in cricketing history.

    good bye biff! the cricket world will miss you.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    How perfect this test would have been had Kallis and Smith retired together in this test. A great player deserve a great send off and what better place than Newlands.

    You both deserved a better farewell.

  • POSTED BY Hifni on | March 4, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Wish he was in the Ireland Cricket Team for the WC 2015 so that we wont miss him!

  • POSTED BY sunnirman on | March 4, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    This is an absolute shocker. I am truly gutted by this news. I am a huge Proteas fan. I am afraid this will leave a leadership vacuum in South African cricket. Greame Smith has been one of the few captains who have had the guts to take it to the opposition especially the Aussies. His grit and talent will surely be missed. Good luck in life after cricket Greame.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | March 4, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    If SA fail to bat out this game it will his first series loss in 5 years - that is some record. Even Waugh lost the odd series. I think he's too young to retire.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | March 4, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    For all the England fans bemoaning the fact that they won't be able to see Smith bat or captain again. Fear not. Injuries permitting, he will be performing regularly at The Oval for the next 2 seasons. Book early to avoid disappointment.

    Smith and KP together at Surrey. This could be interesting!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Boy, isn't he the one of the most underrated cricketer of all time? He got in to the team as a captain when he was young, under that extreme pressure he thrived. Hats off.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Smith Gibbs Kallis what a top order .Especially in ODI s !!II d kill for such a top order.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Really few greats remain in this game now .In batsmen I can think of Sanga and Mahela and Clarke. AB and Amla will in a short time be among them .World cricket is going through transition.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    I wish he does not retire and plays for Ireland. Someone like him would add so much confidence in Ireland.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    The most successful captain in the world (discounting world cups) He should not retire I want him to get 10000 runs. What a career. Became captain at 23 !!SA will really want him in test This order does not look good now without smith and Kallis

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    It came to me as a shock. Smith had at least 2-3years left in him. But kudos for a fantastic career. His leadership is instrumental in making SA the team they are now. Thrown to the wolves merely 8 test matches old, he has led SA magnificently in both forms of the game. His brilliance in England will be remembered for a long time to come. Happy retirement Captain! But there is one more job left. Save this test!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Legend.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Great player... we missed him very much.

  • POSTED BY Graemethewarrior on | March 4, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Graeme smith "a warrior who defied the mighty xerses of cricket" how can anyone forget u batting with one hand at sydney...love you sa

  • POSTED BY Supa_SAFFA on | March 4, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Respect to our greatest captain ever. No ifs or buts about that. The timing is probably right for him and the country to move on. One can only hope that there is a SA U19 World Champ out there who feels inspired to become the next Biff.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 9:57 GMT

    151/1, well does that means that pitch got flat or sa bowler forget to bowl. we will soon find out when mj will come out to bowl...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    jeromeswarts...i have watched more cricket than you...and my statements are not ignorant...

  • POSTED BY marcs on | March 4, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    Another of the protean champs has decided to hang up his boots...great competitor and terrific leader. Hope SA put up a fight to give a fitting retirement to this champion cricketer.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    take a bow smith from pakistan

  • POSTED BY StaalBurgher on | March 4, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    That was unforeseen. Well... don't know what to say. He hasn't been in good form but I thought he would stick around for another year or two still. He must obviously feel that he doesn't have the desire to get himself out of his current slump.

    I do like that I was right. His technique will ensure that he does not last as long as Kallis, Ponting, Tendulkar. SA will miss him.

    England captains rejoice!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Sunilvaiyda. Do you even watch cricket? or do you just randomly post ignorant statements

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    Gr8 ambassador of cricket is going to retire common proteas u have 2 do in last test for BIFF,, gr8 Win is waiting 2 u it would be a fabulous Send off

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | March 4, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @dalboy12, you may be right that the retirements have nothing to do with Mitch, but you have to admit that the poor batting form against Mitch certainly proved to be the proverbial last straw on the camel's back. Had Trott, Smith made tons of runs, they would have considered playing on. Nobody quits when at the top of their game, that too when as young as Trott and Smith. Smith could have played for another 5 years w/o sweat. Great, honest guy who played the game the right way. Hope to see him around in IPL full time.

  • POSTED BY Flash_hard27 on | March 4, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    A sad day for cricket. Smith has been an excellent ambassador for the game and a ferocious batsman, especially against my lot England. On each tour to the UK the bloke has been a giant churning out big hundreds with a gritty inevitably. Either turning a draw into a win or a probable win into a big win.

    My wife and I had the good fortune to bump into him at the airport the morning after SA were knocked out of the 2003 world cup due to the disastrous grasp of Duckworth & Lewis in the SA changing room and were quick to sympathise. He was very gracious but with steel in his eye said "...that there would be big changes in South African cricket after that mess and it would never happen again." Little did we know the announcement that would come a couple of days later...

    A gentleman and hard as nails opponent, I will miss watching you whack another 4 off the pads.

  • POSTED BY sanjaysanapoori on | March 4, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    oh no. a champion lost from the south african team. he could have waited until he got his well deserved 10000 runs. ah well he is giving way for south african youngers. smith you will be missed. even in india you are a famous cricketer

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | March 4, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    I didn't really know who he was when he made those double centuries against England in 2003. What a great player and captain he has turned out to be.

  • POSTED BY sunilvaidya on | March 4, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    well naturally, he is retiring ...he must be sick of losing more tests at home than dhoni loses away....even the current test sa is set to lose playing at home and getting bundled out on 287 runs on a flat pitch where aus batsmen are making merry...

  • POSTED BY hitvas on | March 4, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    a unique cricketing carrier unlike any player in the world, especially the Indians retired

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Biff!!! Don't go boet!!! But if you have to, go secure in the knowledge that you have a great many supporters who respect and admire you strength, courage and pleasant demeanour off the field in normal life. Rock on soldier!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    must be sick of losing tests at home...smith loses more tests at home than dhoni loses away...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    not a good time for a cricket lover- sachin, kallis, kp and now graeme. leaves a big void in the world game.

  • POSTED BY LeeHallam on | March 4, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Was there ever a tougher cricketer? The character shown in taking on the captaincy at such a young age, after just 8 test matches, and making it work, is remarkable. To captain for over ten years, when most men are exhausted after four, is extraordinary. He deserves his retirement, and as an England fan, his departure is a relief!

  • POSTED BY dalboy12 on | March 4, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    All these people saying that Johnson is the reason for the retirements including Kallis --- your talking (typing) rubbish. Smith has stated that he has been thinking about retirement since his ankle injury, Swann was due to injury, Trott hasn't retired and Kallis retired before this series. Not to mention that all of the above have faced bowlers in their past just as quick and nasty as Johnson. Sure facing a good Aussie team would've helped them to come to realise (apart from Kallis) that their time is up and to think of other things. But to say they retired cos they are scared of Johnson or unable to play him is rubbish. More likely it's simply cos they have come to realise that they are now restricted due to injury and worn down by all the travel and pressure of international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ghazanfarr on | March 4, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    its shocking for cricket lovers that few great cricketers are left in International cricket and Gream Smith is one of them. his record as a captain played near about 109 test is great achievement. best of luck for Great Captain.

  • POSTED BY MCSJCW on | March 4, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    He was a good captain but I would not say great. Take this morning: He needs to get Warner out to stand any chance of drawing this game. 2nd over of the day with the new ball and he has one slip!!!!! Philander could have had both operners if he was just a little braver becos another edge went through 3rd slip an over later. Plus it is common sense not bravery because if he doesn't get some wickets with the new ball, where is he going to get them from later? Duminy?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    The man who took the captaincy from Pollock in 2003 WC. He had to fight against all odds & has to sack Klusner also. Under him legends like Donald, Pollock,Kallis also retired with great high note. It is the time for AB to take over the reins from Smith. record of 109 tests as captain & also winning the 100th test as a captain. RSA & the World has seen the Greatest batsman retiring. All the best for your 2nd Innings.

  • POSTED BY cricketfan10000 on | March 4, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Hopefully shameless MS dhoni will inspire from this decision, Gosh after loosing 10 test matches over seas still he have greed for captaincy?

  • POSTED BY klempie on | March 4, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Thank you Graeme. You have taken a lot of unnecessary flack over these 11 years, but you have taken our team to the maturity it lacked in the 11 years before you. Thank you for everything you've done.

  • POSTED BY HennopsRiverEnd on | March 4, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    A very sad moment for me as a cricket fanatic and as a South African supporter. He played the game hard but with integrity. When he first came in the scene he often used the words "brave cricket", that changed the face of South African cricket and significantly changed the way they played. Farewell Captain Fantastic, you will be missed GC Smith!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    nOw its not about losing or wining a game its all about SMITH a true legend & its a last chance of S.A cricket team to play under the captaincy of LEGENDRY SMITH....!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    I think this is a masterstroke from Smith to ensure series victory. Be ready for an inspired performance from the likes of Steyn and AB... I wont be surprised if SA save/win this one.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Great batsman, true legend and leader.. almost impossible to replace just like Kallis,, Thanks for the fantastic memories..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    A marvelous career comes to end....

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | March 4, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    I remember how much I hated Smith when he came in as captain, he was so brash, young and to my mind, the wrong guy for the job. Well I was WRONG! (actually I realised this a few years ago, but it is good to remember).

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Tough decision. He is a Player of class (holding many records & record chases). It is sad that South Africa Cricket facing retirement of Two Great Players. I Wish Mr G Smith all the very best for his future with his family & also wish him good luck for memorable score in his last inning. Cricket Lover Remember You.

  • POSTED BY Hardik2407 on | March 4, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    record of captaining for 100 tests is far more difficult to break then SRT's record of 100 hundreds...i still remember the day when he came as a replacement for jonty rhodes in WC2003...who wud hav thought that this young lad will become such a great batsman and captain you deserve a bow MR. Smith

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | March 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa....Mate not takinging anything away from Smith, but Ponting and Hussey are 7 and 6 years older and both were in the crosshairs of being pushed from the team in favour of youth anyway.

    I also do believe Kallis walked out on SA, admittedly he is a great player but I just can't see too many great players pulling out half way through a home summer with the Aussies coming to town. Something akin to SA's Ashes. Could you imagine Ricky pulling the pin three or four weeks before a home Ashes?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    he saw off three england captains, it's only fair that eventual failure sees the end to him too. i shall never forget that 154 not out against england in 2008, an innings that few others could have played. you have been a great cricketer, biffa, and we will miss you. your opponents, not so much.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Graeme Smith please reconsider! This is not the way you should go out. I am an Australian but that day you came down the stairs at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a broken hand to face a rampant Mitchell Johnson the hairs raised on the back of my neck, I can only imagine how much pride and joy the South African fans felt. It was a fantastic moment for cricket and it was because of the man. You are still that man! Your worth to the team makes your lack of runs meaningless. A sad day for cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    if anyone gets credit to put sa cricket in top, it has to be graeme smith. so many things to offer at such a young age. #hatsoff #champion #legend

  • POSTED BY shakil_jais on | March 4, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    He was just 21 years old, when he become the captain of his team and led from the front in more than 100 test consecutively. He scored about 8000 runs as a captain. In a such small of age he played and captained so bravely, consistently and splendidly. He captained his team in 2007 & 2011 WC also. That is why, he is great and legend player of world cricket. I solute Mr. Smith.

  • POSTED BY sreni on | March 4, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Good bye Mr. Smith, Though i am Indian , I loved you more than I love Sachin. Your achievements are not to be read in numbers. Who can forget the fourth inn wins which you regularly brought about and calmness you bring in the field. Cricket is blessed to have you as a Cricketer. Nice words NikhilAsrani !!! you reflected my mind !!!

  • POSTED BY benny81 on | March 4, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Would have liked to see him score 10000 test runs (743 needed). He was a gritty batsman and a stoic (albeit conservative) captain. He will go down as a legend in SA. I wouldn't put him in the same class as Lara, Ponting, and Tendulkar, but he wasn't far below them.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Gream Smith a true legend and great captain im a pakistani fan but we alwaz enjoyd watching him so best of luck in future and thanx for being such a wonderful sportsmen and a captain. Jaan

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Great resolution shown by smith, just like his captaincy! but I request Greame to reconsider his decision. there are so many people playing well after 35-36. Look at Sangakkara. You may be felling a bit down with your ankle injury. But recall how Sachin recovered from tennis elbow. So take a break for 3 to 6 months. Come back strongly, complete 10,000 test runs and 30 centuries. Please.

  • POSTED BY manish1977 on | March 4, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    salute to the legend, truly a great champion.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    I still remember when smith led from the front chasing 434 and then Gibbs took over.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    What a player, will be hard to replace him but at least AB de Villiers will slip smoothly into the role as captain in Tests. South Africa has lost Kallis and now Smith in just over a month, wow so much talent to replace!

  • POSTED BY Yankydoodle on | March 4, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    It's a good time to retire. He was immense for South Africa. What a legacy he leaves behind.

    Most 100's by a test captain. Most victories by a test captain. Awesome!!

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | March 4, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Well played good sir, now onward to even greater things!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Gone are the days when cricketers struggled and fought their way out of poor form. He has a lovely deal at Surrey that pays him well, I see many cricketers doing the same, county or IPL.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | March 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    And the queue continues to grow.... Who do the Aussies play next?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Define test cricket. Coming out at number 11 with a broken arm to face Johnson on a day 5 pitch to try and save the test for SA. Graeme Smith the legend!

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | March 4, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I do not know why such great cricketers should retire when they fail in one series. Would have been ideal to retire at the end of a series where one's performance has been good. Anyways, Smith deserves lot of credit for taking to SA to number 1 spot and keeping them there. Well done Smith. Hats off to you

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 4, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Surely one of the all time great captains and opening batters we have seen. The guys took no backward steps and led SA to #1 and win in Eng and Aus which few others have achieved. Not sure if I am imagining but he is not very popular in SA but for the rest of us he was tough as they came. Not sure about the timing which I would have kept till the end of the series or before, surely day 3 of a series decieder is not the best time to announce your retirment.

  • POSTED BY Malik_Murad on | March 4, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Smith is a great sincere leader. He has set up an example of handling a team with enthusiasm, composure, motivation and role model. We will miss you Smith.

  • POSTED BY Thuram3 on | March 4, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    What a loss!!!! SA cricket will NEVER be the same. Legend. This man's achievements can never be explained by meer words. Will definitely be missed.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | March 4, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Wow surprised me

    Think of all the quality players that have or might have played their last test matches in the last year and a half.

    1.Smith 2.Strauss 3.Ponting 4.Tendaulker 5.Kallis 6.Hussey 7.Pietersen 8.Trott 9.Swann 10.Boucher - so many batsmen

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | March 4, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Goodbye Mr Smith, you leave behind a wonderful legacy. Having led SA cricket through a difficult phase and thereby uniting a nation. The Nelson Mandela of cricket. Greetings from India. Goodluck and enjoy your post retirement days.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Right time of course

  • POSTED BY Ally323 on | March 4, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    I have watced Graeme Smith for all of his career as captain and i think the first 5 years were better than the last 5. the last 5 years I just never felt that leadership from him in his batting performances, however, the ones which stand out are the ones mentioned and they are so memorable.

    The 438 run chase was amazing - everyone mentioned Ricky ponting and and Gibbs, but Smith made about 90 off 60 balls and really set up the chase from the start - I felt that was a captains knock which gave the rest of the team confidence.

    Its the right time to leave.

    Great work!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    Thank you Graeme. Enjoy life with your family. Your children will bring you more joy than any test match 100 or victory will ever give you.

    Raising them will also be tougher than facing Mitchell Johnson and Zaheer Khan.

    Thank you and enjoy life with your family.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | March 4, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Smith the marvelous player of our Era!! His dedication to the game and commitment towards victory is super. He is one of many South African players who impressed our childhood!! I am still not satisfied with his decision to leave the international cricket at the mid of his career. He is still 34 and can play another 3 years and it's not good news for SA as they just missed their another great player kallis. Kallis & Gibbs compo who chased down the Record 434, and his 100th internal century along with many records can't be forgotten. Smith really and great player we gonna miss!!!

  • POSTED BY TerribleTheo on | March 4, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Smith should definitely bat lower down the order today. Probably at 4, will ensure he sees the ball when it's a bit older and build some athmosphere around his innings - or the anticaption thereof.

  • POSTED BY gujratwalla on | March 4, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Sad and totally surprising it should end this way but it had been on the line for some time.At times Smith has been incredible considering his young age particularly his two double hundreds in England.Magnificent.A very brave and skillful man indeed.Best wishes for his future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    oh common youre too young man!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    And only when this news comes suddenly, does one realize what a great player this man was.

    Cricket has a variety and a multitude of legends from all eras, but don't let that make you believe Smith was one of the ordinary legends who keep retiring with fanfare. While most other retirements bring emotions, Smith's retirement brings numbness to the mind; the brain stopped for a second. Because the first thing that came to my mind when I read this news, was the watching him bat with a broken hand at Sydney. When legends are compared, such grit overpowers talents and achievements.

    The best of the legends are not those that just play well, but those that are true ambassadors of the game.

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | March 4, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    He'd obviously made his decision earlier - hoping to leave the team as number 1 (which he will) having beaten Australia at home, which was his holy grail. They may still do that, if they can shoot Australia out for 200 or less today. Always was a guy who produced the runs when he was needed, shocked to see him step down at such a relatively young age. I cant help but feel when he said he would discuss Warner towards the end of the test, he was hoping to be on the verge of victory and could announce his retirement whilst sitting on a moral high horse. A warner century later and huge first innings deficit, I wonder whether he paused for a moment to consider delaying his retirement! International cricket has lost some massive names in the last couple of years, Ponting, Sachin, Kallis, Hussey, Dravid, KP, VVS and now Smith. Who would've ever thought that we'd reach a time when 3 of the 5 most experienced players left in the game are Pup, Cook and Bell??

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    His partnership with Gibbs to chase down that mammoth 434 changed ODI cricket forever. Only after that, 300 has become the par score and no total is safe anymore.

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | March 4, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    we miss you Mr. Grame Smith really great player...good wishes from Pakistan for you future.

  • POSTED BY 51n15t9r on | March 4, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Without a doubt the bravest man I have seen playing. I am sure there are more examples of bravery on the field, but coming out to bat with a fractured hand to draw a test match and battling the pain for so long as he did in Sydney are not just qualities of a great captain, but also of a player who just doesn't want to lose. No matter his frailties against left armers, he was one of the best players to come out of SA. The cricketing world will miss him. Go well, Smith .. All the best for your future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Very special to see the commendations from all over. He has done so much for SA and has often gone unappreciated. Regarding the timing - we cannot even begin to understand the pressure he is under and what made him announce it now. He would not have done this to disrespect or irritate Australia - this decision is far bigger than that. CT is his home-ground, against his greatest foe, he has a young family and it has been a long long road for him. Captain and opening batsman at 22 and carried a huge load on his soldiers. Great record, reputation intact. Good time to go. Well done big man

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 4, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    May be smith should play for Ireland in World cup. Make the team strong.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Smith was such a solid influence at the top so determined and such a gentleman. He is going to be missed.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | March 4, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Shocking and disappointing news for cricket fans. He still had lots of cricket in it as was only 33 and recently scored double hundred that shows he can play. Wish management can convince him to change the mind, for him and and also the team who already suffering vacant of Kallis.

  • POSTED BY amfas on | March 4, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    A great cricketer during his time with the Proteas, but has on many occasions managed to open his mouth to change feet. The timing of this decision is a monumental error and could not come at a worse time for a team in the heat of battle. Could've should've waited GS. The timing of the announcement may well come back to bite you and your team!!!

  • POSTED BY AKDARE on | March 4, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    I remember when he was only 08 test old when captaincy conferred on him. He is great batsman and led the team efficiently. He should have to play 2-3 more years but we have to respect his decision, he is true legend.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | March 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    was extraordinary what he got out of his limited talent and technique which would never suggest an even half decent player so you have to respect that, along with being thrust into captaincy at a ridiculously young age. Clarke will give him a guard of honour, not sure about that though because now everyone who retires will have to get one

  • POSTED BY PaulJvR on | March 4, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Well assuming AB is made captain now, will they still expect him to keep wicket as well or will de kock be taking over. Hopefully Steyn doesn't have similar plans otherwise we really will be in trouble, unfortunately his amazing performances over the years have carried the other bowlers. Morkel has shown of late how totally ineffective he really is (interesting stat this series is that 6% of the balls he has bowled would have hit the stumps, not good enough Im afraid), Philander battles on wickets that don't seam at all. What other options would there be?

  • POSTED BY Mobin_My_Name on | March 4, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    De cock can b his replacement as new young captin.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 4, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Still he is quite young for reteirement, he just not in form. he should not reteire now

  • POSTED BY Usmaan21 on | March 4, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    A perfect example of the old belief of leadership that Leaders are born, Leaders cannot be developed.One of the best captains ever......

  • POSTED BY DaveFish on | March 4, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Well played BIFF. Sad to see you go, you are part of the reason I enjoy watching this amazing game. You have led SA with distinction. All the best for your future....and hopefully you can score a ton in your last knock.

  • POSTED BY Morgan78 on | March 4, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Greatly surprised to see G. Smith call it a day. As an Aussie fan I recall Smith as a most formiddable opponent, he certainly gained a lot of respect and admiration here when he came out to bat with his broken hand over here.

    SA to go through some rebuilding now. AbdV and Amla to shoulder a big burden but hopefully the Aussie team is showing them the inevitable downturn when greats retire need not be unduly long.

    All the best to Graeme in his retirement but I must say I would like Australia to return the favour and give him a similar send off to that which Ricky Ponting received at the WACA from the Proteas!

  • POSTED BY TheAmitBansal on | March 4, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    What a Career You have had. One of all time great Openers and Captains. Mr.Smith One record is waiting for you. Only by scoring 18 more runs in 4th Inn you will lead the list surpassing the Master, so pls also grab that one.Wish you all the very best for your Future.

  • POSTED BY ____sha___ on | March 4, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    it was heart broking news for me. GREAME SMITH i love your cricket, sucha a great personality...... every thing is very very good and best of all in smith. captaining, batting, cricket situation thinking, determination,attitude, ability and all. love you smith...nd best of luck. i will be never miss you and also the game, also the sports. [Shakeel Ghouri a fan of smith from Pakistan ]

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    yet another one for the great Aussie pace attack!!! this game is not for the faint-hearted

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    just read that none of his test centuries came in a defeat. a marvellous record to hold. a gentle giant of world cricket. still remember the back to back double centuries he scored against england. hope he manages to score atleast a half century in his last innings. that will leave him a happy man. don't think south africa can avoid defeat in this test match. well done grame. best of luck for the future.

  • POSTED BY mondotv on | March 4, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    SA now face the same dilemma Aus did a few years ago - how to rebuild a team when key players decide to hang up the boots. First Kallis, now Smith and who's next? It does tend to happen in clusters. de Villiers is just 30 and being a batsman has a few good years left so thats one player the Proteas can still build their team around, but Dale Steyn is 6 months older and being a quick, injuries and general wear and tear will probably catch up with him earlier. 32 - 33 seems to be about the use by date for most genuinely quick bowlers, but Steyn is clever as well so he might be able to go on a bit further. There is no doubt that is the key retirement that SA should be anticipating and planning for. Philander is never going to blast a team out and Morkel is ... well Morkel. You get the good, the bad and the ugly - sometimes in the one spell! Overall it doesn't look too bad for SA.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    @Thegimp please dont forget the retirements SA team inflicted on Aussies.Ponting, Hayden, Symonds. How is Kallis in your list that does not make sense.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | March 4, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Interesting timing on the announcement though it is no surprise. He's done a great job for SA for a really long time. There's a few chirps around here suggesting the Aussies have claimed another scalp but that's nonsense.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    we will not forget you, mr smith..well played and well led..

  • POSTED BY hyderabad_nawabs on | March 4, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    take a bow legend..the void that you and kallis are creating i think cannot be filled..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    one of the best captains in game of cricket is retiring. he is still has at least two years left in him. No need to retire, Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    One of the best, a great leader and a great captain! I always consider Smith as the best when comparing with Ponting or any other Captains of Test Cricket. I am really surprised, when CSA annouced you Captain at a so early age, but you proved time and again you have the qualities of Leadership. All the Best!!

  • POSTED BY Hareendra on | March 4, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    Sad, very sad. That crunching drive, grim firmly set jaw, going to miss you Graeme Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    I was surprised to see that Graeme Smith had scored that many 100s. Also that many Test runs. May have to revise my previous comments.

    I don't believe he's a good captain. Too cautious, like Cooke for England. Sorry to see him go though, he was probably a gentleman and there are too few of them today in world cricket. All the best to him in the future.

  • POSTED BY shakil_jais on | March 4, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    He is my one of the most favourite cricketer, I have no word for him for his greatness. Out of 117 tests he played,captained his team 109 time, that is great achievement for any cricketer. I am feeling so sorry, that now he is going to retire. Smith we will badly miss you in the cricket ground.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 4, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @Thegimp Let me add some to your list too. Pointing and Hussey...Who can ever forget Kallis bowling him off his feet and the continues humiliation in his last games. Then the shock retirement during the series. Smith made his intentions months ago to his family. Read the other article.

  • POSTED BY anujbhasin56 on | March 4, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    Noooo...........He's too young to retire!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    really great player t0 watch

  • POSTED BY kasifdotinfo on | March 4, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Graeme Smith is truly a modern great, with an incredible captaincy record and Test batting statistics that just about touch the 10,000 runs/30 centuries benchmark. His giant stature and contributions to the game will be well-remembered by all cricket fans for years to come.

    It is sad to see yet another strong player from the pre-IPL era go out before his age or skills suggest he should. Smith - only 33 years old - is South Africa's captain, first and foremost, and is still performing commendably in that regard. He hasn't really been starved of runs for too long, either - his average over his last 10 Test innings is a healthy 51.33.

    One has to wonder whether changes in the way the game is run and played have made staying on into the twilight more of a chore than a pleasure for these great players who chose to make cricket such a large part of their lives. There just aren't any Graces or Boycotts anymore.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    smithy i love the way you respect an opposition side if they played well. you are a true professional and ambassador of the game. good luck. cheers!

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | March 4, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    A great servant to SA cricket but also welcomed by the SA public. I think his heart had started to go out of it. The instragram message to his family a month ago, saying this was the 'last time I would be away from you ' is a dead giveaway.

    Congrats on a great career as Captain Graeme, surely go down as one of the best. Looking forward to AB injecting more positivity and go forward in the team too.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I must say he is one of the greatest leader to lead any country in the world. He took the captaincy that young age and he led the side to the world no.1 for so many long years with exceptional bowling attack that suits all conditions. Wish him all the best!!! Great Leader Smith.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 4, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Have nothing but respect for Biff but surely he could have announced this after the test was done... SA under the pump and the leader announces he had enough, does not inspire confidence does it.

  • POSTED BY 1ofakind_testcricket on | March 4, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I was at the test in Perth when Smith scored match winning 2nd innings century. I was there as an Australian supporter but all I remember was thinking wow I didn't know you could score a test century and make it seem so easy, calculated and inevitable. As a cricket fan it feels like he is leaving too soon and we wish he would play on, as an Australian fan we see him leave with some relief at not having to battle this man again.

  • POSTED BY Cready on | March 4, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Just yesterday I wrote a comment on the match commentary (not published) that I think it is time for Smith to retire. That he is a wonderful batsmen when in form is absolutely true and let's face it, it was under his leadership that SA became the top test team in the world. Having said that, I do believe that he is passed his peak. It's been a while since he has scored good runs and when SA openers are out of form (and of late we only had one true opener, that is Smith the other one, with all due respect, doesn't belong there) the team suffers major setbacks. That was the case with Gary Kirsten as well, when he was out of form SA did badly. Yes, Smith will be missed and the team is in recovery period already, but it is tie for fresh players to make their mark.

  • POSTED BY rshan on | March 4, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Another legend calls it a day. A great cricketer and a real gent, and the game of cricket will be poorer without players of his talent and caliber. Thanks for all the entertainment you have provided to cricket fans all around the world. Good luck and all the best in your future endeavors Graeme!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    A Gentleman and a great player.think out of 117 test matches 107 as CAPT. it is rt time for him to say goodbye i do hope he scores a cenury in 2nd innings.wishing him and his family all the best

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | March 4, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Clear indication that he has lost the confidence in his batting abilities. He is also plagued by injuries. Sad to see him go.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    What a player & a captain he is. You will be missed hugely Grammy. All the best....!!!

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | March 4, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    I thought Smith will play for some more years and retire. But he announced his retirement too early. Now we have rebuild our team after the departure of Kallis and Smith. Best of luck to our Captain smith in his future. We will definitely miss him.

  • POSTED BY gothamknight on | March 4, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    great cricketer and greater leader. Best wishes for your future. the game will miss you.

  • POSTED BY srinivasulu.adiraju on | March 4, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Hi Smith,

    I suppose you have taken right decision at right moment. I see lack of confidence in your actions and batting from last few matches and it should not be affecting teams performance any more. AB in wings is an ideal replacement for you in my view. I have seen good innings from your for long time and good inspirational knocks. You were instrumental in building SA cricketing confidence and I can't forgot you the way SA dominated AUS team in previous outing.

    All the Best for your future outings and hope to see some more good innings in T20's in Domestic and IPL's.

  • POSTED BY Dr.Qwert on | March 4, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    KhemThakur, how about Sangakkara, Chanderpaul and Hayden, they add a little bit of doubt to him being the best. Not having a go at Smith, but do we always have to find a superlative?

    Real shame he's retiring, There's now so few cricketers left from the time which got me hooked on cricket. Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Chanderpaul and Zaheer Khan are about all that's left.

    He'll be a tough act to follow as captain as well, especially in the absence of his and Kallis' talent in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Its a sad day for SA cricket to lose such a fighter and character in the SA setup. I suppose it is one thing fighting overseas media and be competitive both at home and overseas, but when you have to "prove" yourself to local "supporters" every time you go out to play for your country, even with over 100 games behind you and an average touching 50 you probably get to a point where you'd say that its not really worth it anymore.

    All the best Graeme. Not many people would have lead their country at 21 years of age and no one would have done it better for such a prolonged period. I hope that Surrey treat you better than what South African fans did.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | March 4, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Great player,not talent wise but determination,attitude, ability to play under pressure

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | March 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    A Fine cricketer, leader and person, well done Smithy.

    Smith, Pieterson, Swann, Kallis, Trott and Prior........Quite a list this Australian team is compiling of fall out retirements!!!

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | March 4, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Great cricketer and great ambassador of the game...another great player retires from the sport...best or luck for all your future endeavors Mr. Smith....

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    This is the way a gentleman cricketer should play and conduct himself.He has set the standard too high for people to follow him.Respect from a fan from India.All the best for the future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Another great going. Many thanks Graeme , it was a pleasure watching you, both playing and captaining your team.

  • POSTED BY SLSup on | March 4, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    I cannot think of a cricketer I admired more from a distance than Graeme Smith. And I speak as a Sri Lankan whose love of cricket transcends national boundaries but whose admiration for Kumar Sangakkara is perhaps just a notch greater. But I'd admit gladly that I know of no greater cricketing captain than Graeme Smith. And it is not just his impressive statistical record as SA's captain that I speak of.

    It was with more than a passing curiosity that I read the headlines of Smith being made SA's captain. It sounded like SA Cricket got its cricket wrong. A decade and a 109 Tests later, it is clear they couldn't have gotten their cricket more right. What made no sense from a distance made perfect sense with every subsequent Test. I cannot think of a captain who fronted-up to the role better than Smith. It is remarkable enough that he assumed that role for a major, successful cricketing nation at 22. He retires at 33 having accomplished as much, if not more, than any other in history.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Wow, this was a complete shock. Over the past few years South Africa, and particularly Graeme Smith, embodied grit and determination. This decision, made at this time, seems to negate that somewhat. I must confess that Graeme Smith had not always been my favorite player, but that perception had changed somewhat and he really has earned respect, and proven himself. I do not understand why he had to retire, and I think he will be missed. I do however think that the decision should have been announced after the test match, and not during. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth given how this test match is poised.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Great Test Captain, Great aggressive Test captain Best of wishes & bright future

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Farewell brave captain. We shall miss you dearly. Vasbyt one last time. Remind everyone what it means to be South African. Vasbyt vasbyt vasbyt.

  • POSTED BY Just_Sam on | March 4, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Graeme, well played and thanks to you for your contribution to international cricket. Still I think you are just 33 and easily could have served your country for at least another 2 years. But you are the best judge of your form and body and must have taken this tough decision after lots of thoughts. Anyway you have been a great player who will long be remembered by the fans all across the globe for your contribution to cricket.

  • POSTED BY pharthiphan on | March 4, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    This is the sad news of the morning. My all time favorite cricketer(both as batsman and captain).I wish some extraordinary happen and let SA win this 3rd test and seal a series victory. I singed up on cricinfo for expressing my love for Grame smith from indian fan.

  • POSTED BY lillee4PM on | March 4, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Anyone else find the timing of this announcement a bit odd? Surely before a test starts or after a test ends would be OK but half way through a decider? Anyway, never the most watchable player but very tough and a great leader. Who is the natural replacement, De Villiers I guess?

  • POSTED BY cricketlover_crazy on | March 4, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    What is happening to world cricket, 3 legends retiring in the span of 4 months, unbelievable? Smith according to me stands out as a captain and player for his never say die attitude. 27 centuries and none on a losing cause sum up it all. I cannot forget the innings in Sydney when he came out to bat with a broken hand. Can't just imagine any other cricketer can do something like that. He along with Kumble stands out in my book as real fighters. Hats of to him for all the memories he has given us. Miss you Mr. Smith and all the best for your future.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | March 4, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    How many careers will Mitchell Johnson bring down before he finishes?

  • POSTED BY cricketlover_crazy on | March 4, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    What is happening to world cricket, 3 legends retiring in the span of 4 months, unbelievable? Smith according to me stands out as a captain and player for his never say die attitude. 27 centuries and none on a losing cause sum up it all. I cannot forget the innings in Sydney when he came out to bat with a broken hand. Can't just imagine any other cricketer can do something like that. He along with Kumble stands out in my book as real fighters. Hats of to him for all the memories he has given us. Miss you Mr. Smith and all the best for your future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    A great captain,even better batsman and an inspiring cricket legend.thanks for the memories such as the greatest odi ever.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Great Captain i have ever seen.. Best of luck Graeme

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Will ABDV take over? Keeper, best batsmen and captain? Could be too much. Great innings Smithy.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    i realy miss

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | March 4, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    What is happening to the world cricket? Since last 3-4 years, the teams on top are losing their key players...It started with Australia , then India , followed by England and now SA will be without JK and GS... Smith was undoubtedly a great character. As many of the comments say, he might not be missed as a player, but he will be definitely missed as a captain...He is a very good leader and I wish if he could have won a ODI WC as well..anyways, all the best to Smith

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | March 4, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    good decision we have to say...becoz after this series, selectors are going to drop him. Now interesting what will be next south african top order. I want him to hit Centuary n help SA to draw test,which will be perfect job. I wish SA not to get good replacement becoz it will increase smith's value.

  • POSTED BY thush2014 on | March 4, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Great Cricketer who will leave the Cricket world with Great way. good luck Smith we will miss you in Test Cricket but we can see you in IPL

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Undoubtedly, the best captain of the modern era(and one f the greatest overall) and also one of the best opening batsman there is. This guy took over at what 22 and what he did with the team and as a captain is remarkable. ABD, Amla, Steyn are his products. A leader from the front in every sense of the phrase and has put up so many performances in tough times. I still can never forget the back to back double hundreds in England as a 22 year old. I am gonna miss him. Test cricket will miss you Mr Smith!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Really it is very sad news we missed always very nice and smart cricketer

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    great crickter smith, I am your fans, yours decision is right because your honest person

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | March 4, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    What a phenominal cricketer , the likes we might not see for a while.He led from in front and will be respected more so for calling time while still young rather than hanging around like so many others just to accumulate records that don't help their team win matches or series. Hats of to you Sir.

  • POSTED BY Man_from_Mountains on | March 4, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    Well this end for Graeme Smith. I think its right time for him to go as he is struggling badly as a batsman. He could not against India & again struggling against Australians as well. May be his injury's has played big in this? Undoubtedly he is the best left handed batsman we have seen in our era. Unlike other lefthanders he favors leg side to score big. England always struggled to get him out. Now they can take a breather as this gracious lefthander has decided to hang his boots. It would be a bit difficult for SA to play without him as he has been their captain & opening batsman since more than one decade now. I will miss you a lot G. Smith, love from India.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    All the best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    You will be missed Grammy. . One of the best and successful captain of sa over decade ..

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    I love him and his stance more than anything else in cricket.I have been watching him since 2003 and now I'm 16.Still it is beyond my understanding and of several others that how he has managed to score those amount of runs with such a weird stance.I would love if he keeps playing some form of cricket . I hope he spends a few years with his family and then he share his ideas with young generation and pays back to cricket.Best of luck for your future.We'll miss you.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 4, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Graeme Smith has been a giant of South African cricket, sad to see him go. Going to be a tough next few years for SA cricket with Kallis and now Smith gone.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    A True champion.. You will be missed smithy!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Really Shocking... All my Fav. Players are retired now...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Another legend ,though under-rated cricketer retiring,we surely miss your captaincy skill(big fan of you from India )

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    One of my all time Fav player and captain, have a great 2nd half of your life, wish you all the best, thx Smith for everything.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | March 4, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Right decision at the right time. His batting in general has been on decline in recent years though he could have continued as a captain for a couple of yrs. Though Graeme Smith has an awesome record as a captain, I can never forget many great innings that he played as a batsman in either winning or drawing a test from a tough situation. Along with Ponting, he is one of the best captains since the late 90s.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    awesome cricket we will all miss his game....good luck with your family life

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    "captaining South Africa to a series win Australia, during which he came out to bat with a broken hand in Sydney." Captain Courageous!

    Yes that remains my best memory of Biff too. Thank you Graeme for the memories, as you leave SA with a huge hole upfront. May you fare well in whatever you do hereafter.

  • POSTED BY amitjha7200 on | March 4, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Greame smith became captain when i was 11 years old and he is retiring , when i am 22 .. his captaincy career is bigger than many test careers !Graeme Smith was 22 years old when he took over the South African captaincy, in the wake of Pollock's D/L disaster in 2003.Graeme Smith is also the only second batsman, after Sunil Gavaskar, to have over 9000 Test runs as an opener.Graeme Smith, history's most successful Test captain (53 wins) .. #ThankYouGreame

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | March 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    All the best Biff, it has been a pleasure to watch you grow as a player and a person. From the young, arrogant, headstrong captain to a diplomatic man for all occasions it has been a great ride. As an Aussie your 2008 tour of AUS, where you won for the first time was where you won me over as a fan. There was none of the usual brash cheap talk you'd dished up on previous encounters, it was all business and the results spoke for themselves, especially batting with the broken hand.

    I love the attitude of you've made a career out of being ugly. Ugly maybe, but effective hell yes. An average of 50 as an opening batsman as a captain for so long is an exceptional record.

    All the best to you and your family as you move in the next stage of your life. Your leadership and desire to be the best will be sadly missed by the SA team.

    It will be very interesting to watch them now with such a champion calling it a day.

  • POSTED BY akashhaque on | March 4, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Smith is a great fighter, as a suppoeter of SA cricket, I always wanted him to be more aggressive against Australia. In this series, I think his team mates could not support him. Johnson was another factor.anyway best of luck Grame!!! Hope you enjoy your life. For SA selectore bring De Cock as opener, let him learn, he will be a good asset for future.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    I think he should delay this decision because few months ago Kallis also retired. SA can't miss too major players at a short period of time. Smith is an inconsistent player, but he can win matches without support of others. He is a real match winner

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    You are really a man of nerve of steel and one of the best captain the world ever produced. From personal front 9,257 runs from 117 Test & 6,989 runs from 198 One-dayer is really a phenomenal achievement. How you brought Team SA to the No1 Spot in test ranking is an exemplary and there is beyond doubt that you will be remembered by world cricket years to come.. from bottom of my heart, wish you all the best for rest of your life.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Fair to say I did shed a couple of tears! The way he has led the country after the post-Cronje scandal has been nothing short of exceptional! Deserves more of a hero status than he has been accorded. Wish you a great life ahead Graeme, we will never forget you running onto the pitch and crying after that match 434-438 match against Australia!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    Bows out after a great innings.A very good player who played some great knocks for his country.His contribution to SA cricket is unforgettable.

  • POSTED BY ishfaq_shah on | March 4, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    a real hero. one of the greats of the modern era. wish you all the best for the next phase of life.

  • POSTED BY GlobalCricketLover on | March 4, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Great Career! All the best Smith!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    One of the best leaders of our era.. All the best smith. I wish just like for kallis ,your team gifts you a victory :-).. U deserve it..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    It is so pity that one bad series can lead to player's retirement from international cricket. However it comes up with no surprise that he was not in good form for a year and also the fact that he was not leading from the front as a captain which they take serious pride for. However he is the one modern great captain and cricketer.

  • POSTED BY muh189 on | March 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Thanks Graeme...........for all the great moments you gave us as a not only as a leader, but also those moments when you did what others could not do...........

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Nice move, it will inspire his troops to win the match for him. Oz will be equally determined to spoil the party.

  • POSTED BY ahsanmahmood945 on | March 4, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Wish you good luck with your family.you are really a true captain and No1 opener.

  • POSTED BY inswing on | March 4, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Congratulations for a great career, but 33 is too early. He is in a dry spell but it is shorter that Clarke's. Surely he has a lot of cricket left in him. Emotion of the impending defeat is getting to him?

  • POSTED BY mensan on | March 4, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Came as a surprise to me. He can still be good in tests. Presently he seems out of form but AUS bowling is also very good.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Quite possibly the greatest SA captain, and definitely up there as one of the greatest all time captains the game has ever seen.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 4, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    This is qas coming, but it is shocking. SA cricket will be dire straits from here on, with Kallis n Smith not around.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    One of the greatest captain ever to lead a side when it was not doing good and to leave it to someone else's hands when they are on top. Clearly remember how Smith surprised everyone with his shrewd captaincy at a very young age. Another South African great departs. Thank you for showing how to lead a side with dignity and earning respect from all those who played under him. Considering his recent form and the fact that he wasn't going to be playing ODI's anyway Smith has timed his retirement perfectly. Good luck with Surrey.

  • POSTED BY harikrishna373 on | March 4, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Sad and shocked to see smith retire this way. He has 3-4 years of cricket left in him. He is a good and brave captain. He may not be a elegant batsman but more than makes it up with his determination. A great cricketer in all. Hope he lives a happy life. Wish he changes his decision.

  • POSTED BY godshand on | March 4, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    Not a wise decision. Raw talent is fine but experience is a MUST.

  • POSTED BY bjcm12 on | March 4, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Great Cricketer - led SA very well. Saw that 3 English Captains retire during his time due to pressure mounted by South Africa as a team. Well done for a great career ! And thanks for entertaining millions of cricket fans all around the world.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 4, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Farewell to 1 of the most graceful,stylish LHBs of this gen.And he had a kind of presence at crease with his massive frame and raw power with his bottom hand 'biff' and wristy flicks not seen since great M Hayden.A poor mans Hayden-no small complement!

  • POSTED BY pradave17 on | March 4, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    I think this decision came too early. He is in the threshold of 10,000 club. I would say he should be with the team for a while and decide the retirement.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    all the best Smith. cricket will remember you for a very long time for many of your great achievements.

  • POSTED BY Tharunmedini on | March 4, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Good Bye legend. I've been admiring you ever since you were the youngest test captain years passed by in you leadership.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting should be Chairman/President of ICC. They will serve Cricket, they will make decisions in the best Interest of Cricket. If they step up millions of fans would support them and relieve ICC of the vultures who intend to take over ICC.

  • POSTED BY Robeli on | March 4, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Graeme, I salute you! Thanks for everything. I never had doubt in you, though many times some of my friends wanted to drop you during some lean periods. You are the best captain SA ever had. Period.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    We might not miss him as a player but surely as a Leader. He took Proteas to heights where only Australia had the authority. if I read correctly he was the skipper responsible for making quits on 3 England players when Proteas toured England. A legend that we will remember. wishes him all the best.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Great for South African cricket. And a chance for De Kock!

  • POSTED BY JOHNCSPACE on | March 4, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    Hello there, In the end Cricket is the winner here like we keep reminding you. Most enjoyable day of play. This test can still go either way or draw which is SA's strength. Having said that the satisfaction come from the fact that Australia has this effect on teams, when you "think" your on top of the world, you get to believe that, but someone must tell the Aussies that. This was precision team work sending your GSmith to think of retirement and unbelievable reactions from the SA batsmen running for cover. On the other hand our Smithy is the next captain of Australia. Arrogance is "just not cricket".

  • POSTED BY sajet on | March 4, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    One of the world's most under rated, less discussed, calm and cool captains going around. His persona is rarely discussed in the media unlike MSD, Ricky Strauss or even Sammy for that matter. Jolt to SA though with JK and him leaving the team in quick succession. Wishing Smith all the very best for his future endeavors.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | March 4, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    I will remember his big palms. Cant recall he ever dropping catch at slips. Wish him good luck.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    truely a great leader who always leads from the front.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | March 4, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Good ,this is a good decision . Because he is out of touch from a long time ,,,,it might be sad ,but A lots of young talented knocking the door ,good luck for Smith ( rest of life)

  • POSTED BY FawltyBean on | March 4, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Congratulations Graeme for the wonderful career... Best of luck for the future.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | March 4, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    As an Aussie supporter I think one of the most enduring memories of Smith was the courage he showed to go out and face Mitchell Johnson with a broken thumb. He got in behind every ball and pulled off a memorable draw. He is an ugly looking batsman, when he makes run it looks ugly so when he is out of form it looks atrocious but you cant doubt his courage or his incredible record. He will be remembered as a champion.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    congrats on successful career....he is never know for his style or flare but he is very effective ....27 hundreds all in winning cause .Great record , but you could also say that he fluorished when things were aligned well....and that he collapsed when chips were down... NEVERTHELESS he was gutsy player...His decision to come out to bat with broken hand tells alot about his character

  • POSTED BY AnanRam on | March 4, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Another victim of Johnson and co...Trott, Swann, (Pietersen) and now Smith. I suspect Kallis's retirement too had something to do with Mitch.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    There goes another good one from a great era of test cricket. Guess there's only Clarke left now.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    Start with Trott, and then Swann, flower,kp, even Cook, And now G smith. Who else???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    its schoking unbelievable a personality like him truly a great leader for southafrica is fantastic great to watch example for young ones to learn from it

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    no man. ...... I think some people will be happy now just one bad series and people started criticising him. .. what a loss to rsa, world cricket. .... a champion... put his career on the line took the captaincy to build a team. .. if not he would have definitely crossed 10000 mark.. & he is the best test captain ever look at his record... will definitely miss him

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    Great captain of the modern era and no doubt South Africa's best batsman ever .. Greame Smith u will be missed

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    One of the great batsman of the test era and great captain who brought SA to world no 1 Wish him happy retired life

  • POSTED BY balajik2505 on | March 4, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Abrupt way to go. Gritty player, and a captain who grew in the job. International cricket is the poorer. South Africa will now need to fill 2 big holes. While AB may step in as captain, they need an opener. Good luck Biff.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | March 4, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Great Cricketer and Great Captain. But he should have been made captain by when he was 30 so that we could have had him for another 7 years. Unfortunately he had seen it all already at 33 which is too early. Ageing is wrong side of experience.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Another one down..! Big blow for South Africa

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    hard to replace

  • POSTED BY caldruid on | March 4, 2014, 0:59 GMT

    Why so soon ? He is only 33. Let him take some time off and then continue. So what if he hasnt scored a fifty in 8 innings ? 8 innings is nothing - I dont want to name names but a mighty Asian player who retired last year didnt score much in his last few innings either. SA will feel the loss of Smith and Kallis badly.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    WOW !!! One of the greatest captain in World Cricket...Take a bow Buff.

  • POSTED BY LegSpinBowlr on | March 4, 2014, 0:33 GMT

    A great Player, Captain, motivator. Wish him all da best

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Smith has a lot more to offer South Africa cricket, he is allowing his current lean period to get the better of him. The powers that be should help him reconsider

  • POSTED BY tao585 on | March 4, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    How many players will retire due to devastating attack by Australian bowlers?

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    True Gentleman.......Who Knows The Age To Retire......Every one retires on 40s in these days...but he knows his job done...he did well....He didn't play for money...he play for his country.....good example for every one in the field.....Take a bow Sir.....Sure Your An Icon In This Era........

  • POSTED BY Ozzz.z on | March 4, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    This is so sad for world cricket, he's a legend.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Its a pity that he has not scored much in this series, it would have been a grand departure if he had made some decent scores vs Australia in the ongoing series, but he still has one last innings to go and going by his record in the 4th innings, he might play another great 4th inning to rescure South Africa and leave on a high. He has been a great leader and brave and competitor and will always be admired and remembered.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 4, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Thanks greame for making the worlds best team! you will be missed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Thank you Graeme for a wonderful career filled with great performances that entertained fans across all countries!! Best of luck for the future!

  • POSTED BY Bubba2008 on | March 4, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Tragic to see a legend of cricket go. Smith was a great exponent of South African grit, and deserved the captaincy records he will likely hold for a very long time. His team will be left with a gaping void at the top of their order, one which they will search hard to fill.

    Cheers Graeme, and all the best.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Great captain. Gave as good as he got and was a natural leader on and off the field. A fine example of a man who may not have had the best technique but mental toughness and courage allowed him to rise up when the chops were down! Sad to see you go but you leave the team in great shape.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 4, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    Australia has caused many players to retire in the last couple of months.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    As an Aussie waking up this morning to see how the last session went last night, my reaction to these headlines is "What?!". I'm very surprised and shocked to see him go

  • POSTED BY Martyr82 on | March 4, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    And Lehman's early-retirement bus just keeps on motoring. Pakistan up next, then India.

  • POSTED BY michael.senthil on | March 4, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    wat a career- i never will forget when he strode out to the middle with a broken arm at the scg in 2009

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    That's some sad piece of development. Smith is the figure for SA cricket. For me, even more than Kallis, Smith is important as he was the leader of pack. He took the team out of every defeat and made them become a cricketing power in Test.

  • POSTED BY Cricistan on | March 3, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    WOW what a unselfish decision, hats off to you. and best wishes Love from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY IndianInnerEdge on | March 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Good luck GS, Well played, tough but fair, with fighting spirit but with grace. A tremendous competitor and looks like a decent resonable person as wel, his contribution to Saffer cricket is imensel.....all the best from ur indian fan .....:)

  • POSTED BY bundybear1977 on | March 3, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    As an Aussie cricket supporter, I hope our team gives him the respect he deserves when we declare and Smith opens the batting tomorrow. Smith has always led from the front, and never given up regardless of the situation, and for that he deserves all the compliments he will receive over the coming weeks.

    One of the reasons we Aussies enjoy playing the Proteas is because of the players like Smith, Kallis, Steyn, and AB. They play hard, tough and unflinching cricket, and always provided a great contest. We know we have to fight every minute of every test.

    Congratulations on his career, and we will miss seeing him in the middle.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Farewell, Graeme Smith, and the best of luck in whatever you do for the rest of your life. You have achieved a tremendous amount, both on and off the field. We shall always remember you as a huge asset to cricket, and not only to South African cricket. Salutations from a Pakistan fan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    he's only 33!! so what if you are not getting runs for last few games it happend to all the legends in history of cricket!

    still have 4/5 years left in him, a wrong decision that's all I can say!!

    Look at Misbah he started when he was 32, he's now 39 and still playing like a 25 years old!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Graeme Smith is a terrific competitor and his achievements are legion. He should leave the game proud of what he has done and that he has contributed to an awesomely successful team that he has shaped and directed with great character and skill.

  • POSTED BY sysubrceq0 on | March 3, 2014, 23:28 GMT

    A decent cricketer, very good captain and has excellent 4th innings record.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    End of an Era! Surely! hats off Smithy, you will be remembered a Legend!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 3, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Wow, what a surprise for the Saffers. This is now the start of their demise i reckon.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Wowww. A legendary career is going to end. One of the best captain in the world. CSA will always miss him as he he was an inspirational leader. He did not lose a test series from last 5 years. I hope SA wins or draw the third test, so he could leave head held high. He deserved to be congratulated to lead the side for 12 years. Best of luck for future.

  • POSTED BY whoster on | March 3, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    An outstanding captain and wonderful batsman. Astonishing to think that Smith has captained South Africa since the age of 22, and his impact on SA and world cricket can't possibly be overstated. Not only a great cricketer, but like the recently-retired Jacques Kallis, a great ambassador for the game. Ever since SA's re-admission to Test cricket, they've been one of the strongest nations, but thanks to Smith's qualities as both player and captain, he helped mould them into the world's best side.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 3, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    When he first started out he took exception to the way the Aussies were giving it to him & didn't look so good in many of our eyes. But Biff has come back strongly, casting that off and starting it give it back as well as any, plus backing up his lip with his bat. He certainly had heart, passion & grit. he leaves South Africa with them at the top of the tree. A good innings Biff, although I felt you had many more years to give.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    wonderful career greame, truly a great leader, but haven't not beating Australia the way many had projected also not having personal performance to show all series,has force you enter premature retirement,but thanks greame for past ten years of wonderful test cricket displays...big fann

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    great name of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Kam24 on | March 3, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    A lot of South Africans dislike Graeme Smith: For the life of me - I cannot understand why. Yes, he does not have the best technique, nor the finesse of a Kallis, timing of Amla or the range of shots of De Villiers. But the one thing Graeme Smith has is courage and charisma. As a South African, I think its something we value more than pure skill: a player who is willing to sweat blood for his country. I have had the pleasure growing up watching you on tv and live. I feel horrible that I am in the UK studying because I would have given anything to see you live on last time. I will not forget the 154 vs. England to win a series for the first time since 65, the 108 in Perth to smash Australia and batting with a broken hand! Unfortunately, I feel people will not give you the recognition you deserve but for someone who has watched all 27 centuries - I understand your contribution... Come on Biff - one more push to beat the Aussies ...

  • POSTED BY dabbadubba on | March 3, 2014, 22:54 GMT

    its sad if he retires with loosing this series.

  • POSTED BY __PK on | March 3, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Well, the stage is set for him to overcome his abysmal performance in the current series and hold the Australians out for a draw (or maybe even a win). Can he do it?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Wow! This is increasingly looking like a new era for all the world's cricketing teams. While I'm thrilled by that prospect, it's sad to see quality players like Graeme go. As an England fan he caused me a great deal of stress, and hats off to him for that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    will always remember him deserting his players like a coward after the cwc 11. leaving them facing the press in SA. retiring midway in a deciding test match just sums it all up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Great Man Salute to you.Hope you come back if SA are struggling.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    one of the greatst player of all time :/

  • POSTED BY Selfishkar on | March 3, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    God of Cricket shamelessly hanged on for two years past expiry date for personal records, Smith could have easily played for few more years to get 10000 runs at teams expense.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    G smith u r the best hats off to u

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    He was the BEST young captain ever and still remember your hundred at lords RESPECT

  • POSTED BY JimmyDee on | March 3, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Few can lay claim, especially in the modern era, in having the entire respect of the cricketing world. Smith has encapsulated this in his role of being a leader of men and leading by example. A giant, like Hayden, at the crease - not as pretty but equally damaging on his day. His longevity as a captain is clearly a testament to his mental toughness and professionalism in his approach and preparation. Best of luck from an Aussie fan.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | March 3, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Completely surprised. Didn't see this coming. A great fighter & gutsy fellow. Congratulations on your career, and all the best for the future. Good luck & cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    what a man, what a player, what a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    Wow. It's 12:05am in SA. I knew there was a reason I could not sleep. Had the honor of having dinner with the great man in 2007 (won a competition) and he is just a phenomenal bloke. Surprisingly humble and introspective....not the same guy of the press conferences where he has to be something else. He has had to carry so much on his shoulders for so long and has done it so well. One of the greatest cricket captains of all time. Family is the best reason to retire and he can leave with his head held high. Go well Captain Smith...thank you for the many great memories. I am sure the Aussies will give him the same honor we did Ponting....and then Johnson will ensure his last innings is unforgettable. Lol! What a guy to face in your last cricket match.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 3, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    He showed the way, you don't need to have all the shots in the book. With limited shots on the off side he's just helped his way along to be one of the best South African batsmen ever. He played out of his screws recently against Pakistan and he will be remembered for that great Sydney Test always.

  • POSTED BY GoCho on | March 3, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    You shall be missed Biff! A no-nonsense player and one of the grittiest players of this century. But the good bit is you maybe moving to Surrey and I can watch you at the Oval without having to pay a bomb! Thanks for all the memories in international cricket!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | March 3, 2014, 22:20 GMT

    Maybe England can now play South Africa without having to appoint a new captain at the end of the series!

    Seriously, Graeme Smith is a great player and a formidable opponent. Perhaps it is his unorthodox style, but he has never seemed to get the recognition his numbers warranted. South Africa will find his position extremely hard to fill, both as a player and as captain.

    Good luck to him in his retirement.

  • POSTED BY aadil140 on | March 3, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Not a good decision because Kallis retired recently and every team needs experienced players specially in test

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Congrats (from an Aussie) on a brilliant fighting career, Graeme. Your nous and guts will be sorely missed, like Mark Boucher and a certain J Kallis...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    I would like to see what Ian Chappel has to say about "shelf life" of a captain when it comes to grame smith. 110 tests as captain. respect. taking it up at 22. respect. a lot of Sub continental captains should be his under study. especially kohli.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    What a player he has been for SA. He has won more matches than Tendulkar.a true legend will miss you

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    A BOY took on the mantle of the South African captaincy at the young age of 23, and had to be the captain of some legends like Pollock, Kallis and Donald... 10 years down the line, the MAN - Greame Smith decides to call it a day with a head held high! Though many people may ask, why retire when just 33, Smith's journey has taken him places well beyond his age and he has taken the South African team along with him. CSA and cricket in general would be poorer for losing such a player! Fare thee well in whatever you decide to pursue in the future Biff - From a proud Indian and a supporter of good cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Wow huge loss to South African cricket first Kallis and now Smith. Smith was integral in leadership role and at only 32 would have thought he would have played another 3-4 years, they will miss him immensely as will all of world cricket. Hoping he leaves on a good note by helping SA draw the test and series.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    Aussies have shortened the career of another captain. Congrats to Graeme Smith on a successful career.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    omg he is just 33 why he is leaving em gonna miss you so muxh you are one of my favrt batsmn n captain :'(

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    it is the right decision and at the right time. He has struggled for form in the recent times, he couldn't lead the team from the front recently. a wise decision from a wise man, but he will be truely missed both as a leader and as batsman at the top.

  • POSTED BY rogues13 on | March 3, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Hats off Graeme Smith, what a fighter. and all the best for the future.

  • POSTED BY Riverera on | March 3, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    This is the right to bring new blood into the test team, and SA have already got a few option in store.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    I hope SA wins this test and series and Smith make a Hundred. what a player he has been and what a captain. amazing carrier I bet he won more matches than Tendulkar a true legend, will miss you

  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | March 3, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Thank you Smith for everything. When Kallis retired it felt he would be missed. But on your retirement I cannot imagine a test side led by someone else. I still remember your twin double hundreds. Well, all good things come to an end. Thanks for making a timely decision. Good luck at Surrey!

  • POSTED BY third_man on | March 3, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Big hole in SA team with first Kallis and now Smith no longer in the dressing room.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    a truly great cricketer and captain.

  • POSTED BY Riverera on | March 3, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    He took the Proteas a long way to become Number One! Its the right time for him to say goodbye!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    wow...Im lost for words. Ukraine, Russia, Smith...what next. I can have no harsh words, best captain we ever had. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES BIFF. I think Im gonna have flue on Wednesday and drive to Cape Town.

  • POSTED BY KPWij on | March 3, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    It is always sad seeing great leaders and champion fighters of any sport decide to hang up the boots. Being an Aussie fan, it was gut wrenching to see Ponting struggle with form and retire. His heavy bottom hand and angled bat fought against the odds to average 50 in tests and the number of match winning performances as an opening batsmen is countless. I think he is leaving at the right time, with Elgar and De Kock emerging, AB Devilliers being a capable captain with good leaders being around in Amla, Du Plessis and Steyn. We must thank Graeme for being such a great competitor, a fantastic ambassador of the game and being part of many memorable matches. He ends his career playing in one of the most brutal, exciting and competitive series in recent times. I hope he gets a ton and the South Africans have an honourable loss against the Aussies!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Greaeme, it was really a niggle borne career, but of course,with Nerves of Steel with which he has led lead the Proteas, as was rightly pointed out by Haroon. Since he took over its reigns as the Skipper of SA, at a grim situation, [having been excluded in the Team itself, when he was selected as Skipper] he has done a commendable job. Best of Luck for a glorious future in your life.!

  • POSTED BY DarwinAkbar on | March 3, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Wow! I wasn't expecting that! At only 33, he is retiring far too young, I think. Yes, he has had a horrible series against Australia, but that is only one country. Looking at his recent record against other countries, he hasn't done badly. I always thought Smith started his career early enough and scored consistently enough that he should finish as one of history's highest run scorers, alas this is not so. I don't know that losing Smith just after losing Kallis is really such a good thing for South Africa in such short time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    we will all miss him as he did great work for his country in all formats. our best wishes with him

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:58 GMT

    I am proud of him as a good cricketer and I wish could see more cricketers like him and not like so-called big-3 cricketers! Smith, I would say good luck in your life now you can captain your family.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 3, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    A really sad news for all cricket lovers after Sachins retirement... I was expecting at least another year from the Graeme.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:57 GMT

    It's a shame Graeme Smiths retiring from cricket he's a really good player. Great captain and very good batsmen everyone has a bad patch of batting but I guess if your hearts not in it anymore then it's time to leave. Thanks for all the years you played for South Africa good luck with the future bye...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    The most influential cricketer in South Africa's cricket history period. Truly the end of an era - what a legend!

  • POSTED BY Coolcapricorn on | March 3, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Best wishes on your international retirement & congrats for a wonderful career - from an Indian fan. Hope we can now see you in the IPL [maybe even this year's one] for a few years to come.

  • POSTED BY Anti_ZCFOutkast on | March 3, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    A great player who will be missed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    He will be missed! 33 only. He is the England captain slayer! A great guy, solid batsman.

  • POSTED BY silentstand on | March 3, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    cricket and S.A will miss you smith enjoy your retirement ,Kallis and smith,....this really is the start of a new era

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    a rare captain and player lead his side with distinction always competitive and imbibed the same in his players .made his tram unbeatable even outside home .sure this will galvanise the team not to lose the ongoing test .they will earn a draw for dear captain if not win on his final test .wishing him good luck

  • POSTED BY TheCricketEmpireStrikesBack on | March 3, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    A big surprise. Smith seems to have been leading SA for ever and was always a courageous, tough and mighty opponent. Major respect to the guy and I wish him well. As Aussies know only too well, it's impossible to replace champions like Graeme and Jacques so challenges there for SA.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | March 3, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    He must take inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar and play till 40 years. Why is that all international players except Indian ones retire early?

  • POSTED BY prasanna on | March 3, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    What a classy player, who can forget his triple centuries against England in his first series as captain or the way he engineered the 434+ chase against Aussies in 2006. Probably the slight regret in his career would be not winning the WC for SA. A complete player who gained the respect of the Cricketing world by his timely centuries in run chases, the one to remember will be the perth test where he setup the 400+ chase.

    Good luck Smith, you couldn't have timed the retirement perfectly when you have easily a couple of years left and what can be more satisfying then ending your career when SA is at the top of test rankings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Retiring at 33? Would actually wanna see you play for 4 more years. Sad day

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    no doubt he was legend cricketer of this era!! whatever south africa's team is right now its only bcoz of his leadership.. but on other hand his form of last 6months was very poor.. and he is the guy who don't want to become burden for his team.. so best of luck!!

  • POSTED BY kempvet on | March 3, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Good decision, I get the feeling from his body language that the real hunger has gone, just like Ponting and Gilchrist, they could have extended their careers but decided to leave when the real hunger had left. And it was the right time to leave for Smith as well, even though SA look like getting beaten, making your last test against the Aussies on your home ground is still an event, win or lose.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    shocking new....he did a great job for cricket south Africa... "RESPECT"... One of the best decision maker on the field which i observed in an last 6 or 8 years specially in test cricket.... you beauty smith... all the best for ur future... and hope we will see u in action soon for Surry... Respect..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Decision is shocking for South African cricket as well as world's cricket.........but he has a legacy..........when he was burdened with captaincy at very young age but he led the team well and make it number one. Hats off to Grammy

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Firstly, well done on a magnificent career. I think most would agree Smith played the game with great respect of traditions and opponents.

    Secondly, how many careers are ended mid series in series that involve Australia? It is quite bizarre how often this happens.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    Smith is leaving, its a sad news.. We will miss your smiling face that you keep most of times on the field. Wish u good luck and happy life with your family.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    one of the best players in modern generation..... Also very good captain.... Thank you Smith....

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | March 3, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Smith will go down as a great of the game. He was mentally tough and got the best out of the ability he had. Good luck in retirement you have been a good ambassador for the game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY aitazaz44 on | March 3, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    What a shocking news to the entire world.He is just 33 now ,he had a long way to go But!! As he announced his retirement we wish you best of luck for future ..By the way you will be missed badly by your fans.Its a huge lost to sa cricket.You have played really well through out you career.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | March 3, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    He has been a great captain and I hope he fulfils his stint with surrey.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | March 3, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    It takes a lot of confidence and remarkable amount of resolve to become a captain of a strong side at 24 with little to no experience; and take the team to world no 1 during his tenure. I remember when SA made Smith the captain -- I was skeptical since he was so young and inexperienced. After 112 test matches, I strongly believe that he was the best thing to have happened to SA Test cricket in the last decade. Silent, calm, confident and absolutely resolute -- is how I shall always remember him as. Graeme Smith never gives up-- and to this day that quality in him rubbed onto his fellow proteas players and they share the same grittiness that Smith has always been known for. Go in peace, Mr Smith, and let be remembered that you were the best skipper that the saffers have ever had. You will be missed!

  • POSTED BY syedmnaqvi on | March 3, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    I am so shocked! Just Shocked!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Wow. Speechless. He'll be missed.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | March 3, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    I sensed this was coming. A great player and a great ambassador for South African cricket. I can't believe he is only 33! Big changes for S.Africa! I doubt they'll take as much of a huge drop as the Aussies did after Warne et al retired but with Kallis going too it could be a transitional time. Amla for captain?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    departure of a legend.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 3, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Cricket well not be same like great cricketers like Sachin, kallis, kp, smith.. We cricket lovers surely going to miss you guys..

  • POSTED BY tushmath on | March 3, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    WHY would he not wait 2 days for this announcement? He could not have chosen a worse time with the Proteas staring down defeat in this test

  • POSTED BY dillyk on | March 3, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    So disappointed!!!!! thought smith had at least another two really great years left in him as captain and opener, but alas. Hash would have been my first choice as captain to replace him, but he does not want the job. Dont want AB as captain, him and Hash should just concentrate on becoming the best batsmen SA has produced. So i would rather go with faf or alviro, both have had success as captains for their franchises. Faf is a fighter and a 5/6 bat as captain is ideal + you want that fighting grit from a player who thinks about the game. 1.elgar 2.alviro 3.amla 4.AB 5.faf# 6.duminy 7.de kock+ 8.philander 9.parnell 10.steyn 11.morkel.... with mclaren/hendriks/abbott challanging parnell.. for most matches in sa/aus/nz/eng in ind/uae/sl parnell and maybe philander could make way for spinners tahir, harmer, leie, von berg

  • POSTED BY Surajdon9 on | March 3, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    I cant imagine the proteas without Graeme smith,he was a part of their makeup,im sweatin with shock,sadness and dismay...I cant believe he s leaving..

  • POSTED BY FunkyAussieDunky on | March 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Well done on a great career. A tough as nail competitor

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    the most prolific batsman for South African cricket and always lead from the front signs of a true leader will be greatly missed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    A modern Great calls it time a decade after being selected to lead his country as a young, confident and naive 22 year old. Very few players will leave the game with such a storied career, one that we saw develop and evolve right in front of our eyes...

    From the monumental double-hundreds, the decapitation of English captains, the conquest of "final frontiers" and the fourth innings chases... one last fourth inning to come Captain Biff...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    Wow, just wow. 110 test as a skipper? I don't remember anyone captaining an International side for so long and be so successful, let alone leave team as number 1. Greame, is truly a champion. Good luck Greame from India.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    A true leader of men and a fighter all the way! Biff's contribution to Southafrican cricket has been enormous, especially in the test arena. With Kirsten gone as coach and Kallis retiring recently, this is a major blow to the SA test team and they will need to re-build quickly. Smith has always converted adversity into success and SA's flawless record when he scored a 100 just proves that. I really hope he digs in deep one last time to save the Saffa's out of the bushes to save this test. Rest of the team need to stand up and give it their all too for their greatest captain! Smith, you have earned a lot of respect from the cricketing fraternity and you are surely one of the modern day greats! Stuff of a legend.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    So many epic innings that biff have given to south africa and the world. To have never lost a test after scoring a hundred, if that's not match winning material then I don't know what is! It's clear as day his form has been lacking, he has a beautiful family and he's done enough for the proteas. Enjoy your post-proteas life biff, my captain courageous! Batting one handed against AUS defines your career.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Voice on | March 3, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Great player and captain who took SA to its heights. I am wondering whether his decision to call it a day is due to pressure on his performance. He has had a remarkable career and shouldered the team of SA at the age of 22. His boldness and courage makes him a unique player and captain. Terrific player. Good luck to him and let him enjoy the personal time he deserves. Hope proteas earn a draw for him at the least!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Im Really Sad that he is going to retire A true legend will be missed Test cricket will never be the same

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    After the Ashes, many English retired or were removed from the team. SA will follow suit starting with Smith. Any team ready for Mitch? Not bloody likely. An award for Lillee for re-discovering and re-creating Johnson. Lillee is the savior of test cricket.

  • POSTED BY philander50 on | March 3, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    I did expect this, but not so soon. I would have preferred both kallis and smith to retire after this tour but all in all both have played vital rolls in this team and I wish smith all the best in the future. Onwards and upwards.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Australia ends another career lol

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    I am salute to Graeme Smith ,one of the best captain in the world

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Welll Graeme Smith should be very prode what you have done to South Afican cricket.. Well dome..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    I remember watching his first series as captain.. had a great start.. sad to see him go

  • POSTED BY kanagsrat on | March 3, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    A undisputed legend in the game, while a shock to many, this was inevitable. However, what a champion he has been, and boasts a record as batsman and captain that many will envy. Arguably south africas most important cricketer Best of luck for the future graeme smith.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    First Jaques and now Biff, a sad day for SA cricket but he will leave a proud man at the top of the game. Fantastic leader who learnt the art of captaincy and led by example. Big shoes to follow. Biff, we salute you! Thanks for the memories.

  • POSTED BY Hello13 on | March 3, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    As a neutral, I have so much respect for this guy. It's a pity the Australians have behaved so poorly in this series, he deserved a better send off.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    A great captain and a legendary player serves his country outstandingly ... a said end particularly considering his recent form means he would not end on a high but can end on a high by playing match winning innings in this test Best of luck Smith for your future :)

  • POSTED BY Flashdakota on | March 3, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Farewell to one of crickets fiercest competitors. Statistically one of the best opening batsmen in the modern era, Graeme Smith, thanks for all the great memories. From your 2 doubles in England to your many 4th innings classics to win a test. it isnt going to be easy to replace the 20 000 odd runs that you and JK scored together.

    Really sad to see him go at only 33!

    Time for the next generation of legends to step up. Read Mr Amla and de Villiers.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | March 3, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    As an Australian, my first thought is exactly the same - the guy is well overdue for one of his monster second innings efforts. Remember his amazing bravery in Sydney and was there to watch him tap out most of a modest chase at the 'G. A great champion. But Australia's got to get him out this one last time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    All the best Biff! You led us to be the best on the planet with guts and example. No other man has scored so many tough back to the wall runs where SA has NEVER lost a match with a Smith century which is remarkable in itself. So many guys score so many soft centuries that has no effect on outcome this guy always did it when it mattered and for that you will always be respected. True champion of modern times, he will go young in years but with a million great memories.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    Congratulations on a great career. Always sad when a legend calls time. Let's hope he plays well in his last innings and goes out on a high, but not too well, still hope the Aussies can win it!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    What a complete legend and timing perfect. Wishing the very best in whatever you decide to do Graeme.

  • POSTED BY Westmorlandia on | March 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    He's a really tough player, Smith. He's the sort of player that Test matches were made for.

    Alastair Cook is probably quite relieved - Smith has ended the career of the incumbent England captain the last 3 times he toured here.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    o no dear.. alot of cricket still remains in him. feeling very bad for him. he was the best captain seen by me, not only of south africa but of any cricket team. we will miss you GRAEME SMITH <3

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Congratulations Graeme Smith on a stellar career.One of my fav all time players.I remember the series when he was in Oz and played with a broken hand.Inspirational.All the best for your future and beyond

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Great player and captain he is still 33 year old but it's right decision cause his time is past and someone like sehwag should learn from him and should understand that his time is past and he is also 35 and he can't even score runs in ranji or in domestic one day matches he should also follow the decision #smith great captain

  • POSTED BY pradi7 on | March 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    SHOCKER!!! A True SAF Leader.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    I am shocked and sad to see Smith go. Thank you Graeme Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    As an Australian, one of my favourite international cricketers. Furiously competitive, ungainly but never-say-die, sheer bloody-mindedness. Will never forget him coming out at last wicket to try to save a match at the SCG after Johnson had already broken his hand.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    He was not much good player in last few years but he was very good as a captain and he should be remembered for long time as one of the best test captain.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 3, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Noo !!! Too early mate...3-4 years still left in u...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    greame smith - colossal. like the man he looks, like the man he played the sport

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Thank you Biff for such awesome memories. What a champion player. Watching you grow from a player with still-boyish looks to a giant of the game has been such a privilege. I heard of a player who wanted to lead his country from an age when cricketers are just content with policing their skills, but to see you actually doing it talks about the mental strength and conviction you possessed. As a young man, I looked and still do up to you, looked at your ability to come good almost every time SA faced a crisis. You have such an inspiration to me.Wish you the very best in your life Champion. Cricket shall miss you. -An Indian Fan-

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | March 3, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    I am not here to debate the aesthetic pleasure provided or not by his stroke play. It is not relevant here. Instead, let me say that he was one of the truly great leaders of cricketing men, the undisputed commander of his legions, always first into the maelstrom, never doubting the ability of his compatriots even for a second, and never one to allow his team to lie down and be defeated mentally by any opponent. He bounced back repeatedly himself, and taught his team the same resilience. It is no coincidence that SA have enjoyed their best period in test cricket under his stewardship. He commanded such loyalty that they followed him unwaveringly. To the ends of the earth he could have taken them if he so chose, and they would not have questioned him once.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Thats not a shock this was suppose to be happen anytime he was out of form for a long time he had to make his retirement his batting average was going below..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Probably the Best Test Captain cricket will ever see !!; Thank You smith I adored the way you batted. You will be Missed !!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    He is a very remarkable caption and a very good opener.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    Can't believe a person of his stature is garnering so much hate.

    Biff, thank you so much for gracing cricket. Your contribution to Cricket South Africa is more than just legendary. 'Nuff said.

    Still stunned and dumbstruck beyond words. And rather than lamenting (Twitter's there to for that!)...

    Here's wishing you a happy retired life.

    Hope you'd at least consider making a return to the IPL. Hard to imagine not seeing that swagger...

    #ThankYouBiff #respect #legend

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 3, 2014, 21:08 GMT

    The most grittiest player i have seen and if he wants he can deny any team of a victory. Whenever the team really needed him he delivered with gritty century and SA never lost a test when he performed.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    so sad to listen,,,,, u wl always remain in our hearts

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Whadaplaya! Farewell Grame "Biff" Smith.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    An extremely sad day for SA cricket..

  • POSTED BY Stieprox on | March 3, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    i am very surprised.he is still young and fit.he should have carried on.Anyhow a great player.huge respect from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    when it comes to fights on the cricket fields he is up there with the best. good luck

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    He is a great player who will be truly missed!

  • POSTED BY Mr_V_S on | March 3, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    Salute to Smith. He has been a great ambassador for cricket. I still remember when he was made captain out of nowhere and was really instrumental in guiding South African cricket forward during that tumultuous time. Good luck for the future to him and his family.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Unfortunately, he may end up loosing his last test.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    All the best to your future,,,

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    well played smith u gave a great time and entertainment to all cricket fellows... we ll miss u... gud luck for future...

  • POSTED BY Bhamo on | March 3, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    South African Cricket will miss Graeme Smith !

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | March 3, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    And the Aussies claim another scalp. How many has it been in 2013/14? Six?

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | March 3, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    One of the best players of the modern game.A final test century to guide & protect his team one last time would be fitting.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | March 3, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    You are a great captain of one of the most respected teams in the World. You lead SA to the No.1 Test team status and quodos on a great career! It will be a fascinating send off if SA can win this test - though the current scene looks far from that! All the best Smith!

  • POSTED BY Tornado53 on | March 3, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Captain of the world's number one side retiring after a couple of humbling defeats at home. Sound familiar, Mr Strauss?

    Absolute legend of the game though. One of my favourite players to watch, mostly due to his inimitable style! I wish him a long and happy retirement.

  • POSTED BY Sharo0nGill on | March 3, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    A great career comes to an end.....rare inelegance from a left-hander but eminent results...take a bow to Greame Smith!

  • POSTED BY amfas on | March 3, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    A Great Cricketer but had the misfortune of inheriting the captaincy when no one else wanted it. Not a great captain in my opinion, but was fortunate to be surrounded by a very talented team. No surprise here!! Off to play for Ireland Graham?

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    thats not good, you could play another couple of years atleast

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Best Test Captain by far

  • POSTED BY jaguar7777 on | March 3, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    hats off to a great cricketer and a wonderful human being.not willing to drag his career when he is failing regularly.had made a telling contribution to south african cricket both as a batsman and an inspirational leader.i wish him and his family a fulfilling journey of success and happiness

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Its never easy to walk away from the game.. What a Champion.. instead of being remembered for his struggle in the last few series , people will remember him as the fourth inning warrior.. Best Captain Opener.. the guy has been Captain for almost the whole of his Career.. will always remember him walking down after the fall of 9th wicket in That Sydney test.. What a Though Nut.... Enjoy the retirement. All the Best. RESPECT.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Thank you Biff.. One of the greatest Captains in the history of Cricket! You gave everything as Captain, Opener, Slipper and team mate! What a career. South Africs was truly blessed with great leaders

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Wise decision, should have considered before the start of series.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | March 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    He should have announced it either before or after the match. During the match particularly one that is not going well, just doesn't seem right. As if to use his newsworthiness to distract from Australia's achievement in yet again thwarting SA from being able to win a series against Australia at home. He deserves whatever accolades he gets his record speaks for itself which is why the timing of this announcement is not very edifying.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Wise decision, should have considered before the start of series.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    its too early to take such a decision when I think u have many years of cricket left bt its ur decision. so best wishes

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Sad to see such a gifted player go. All the best Graeme Smith.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Nooo!!!!! This English cricket fan will miss everything that Smith brings to the cricket field. I just hope that he goes out on a high when he bats again some time tomorrow & that he carries on in the game in a coaching or administrative capacity.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    One of the greatest openers in cricket as well as one of the finest captains. You'll be missed from cricket. #thankyousmith

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    First Dravid, then Laxman, then Ponting, then Hussey, then Tendulkar, then Kallis and now Smith.. Oh god! These last 2 years have been sad years for die hard cricket fans. Wish him all the best for the rest of his life. #bestcaptain

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    A great player , remember some great innings from him . I guess its the right time , its good to go when you are in your peak rather than going when being forced to at a later stage. Should be a fitting tribute if his SA fellow team mates can force a draw . Good luck and happy bonding with your family . I sort of thought at the beginning of the series , his retirement was imminent . Guess it will be ABD to take over the reins in the test format as well .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Thanks Graeme. Was good having you at the helm for over a decade. Hope newlands will be sold out for the last day/s

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    great batsman....he lead s.africa bery well after s.pollak...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Very sad news. Smith should have played Tests. South Africa needs him very much, especially, after the retirement of Kallis............

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    One of the best SA captains !!!! Take a Bow Mr Smith!!!

  • POSTED BY ThKhan on | March 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Poor end to a gloaming career

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Astonishing cricketer. Made a phenomenal career on the back of grit, determination and courage and hard work. As a South African cricket fan, I'm sad to see him go, but he's been immense for us from the start... Thanks for the memories Biff!!

  • POSTED BY Farooq3 on | March 3, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    This sounds like an emotional rather than a rational decision! In any case one must respect Smith's decision - in late Lala Amarnath's words: "the boy has served his country well"!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    one of the finest careers comes to an end.well played biff..will always miss ur wonderful bottom hand on drives..

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    A proud career for a fantastic cricketer and leader. An honour to South Africa

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    A proud career for a fantastic cricketer and leader. An honour to South Africa

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    one of the finest careers comes to an end.well played biff..will always miss ur wonderful bottom hand on drives..

  • POSTED BY Farooq3 on | March 3, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    This sounds like an emotional rather than a rational decision! In any case one must respect Smith's decision - in late Lala Amarnath's words: "the boy has served his country well"!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Astonishing cricketer. Made a phenomenal career on the back of grit, determination and courage and hard work. As a South African cricket fan, I'm sad to see him go, but he's been immense for us from the start... Thanks for the memories Biff!!

  • POSTED BY ThKhan on | March 3, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    Poor end to a gloaming career

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    One of the best SA captains !!!! Take a Bow Mr Smith!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Very sad news. Smith should have played Tests. South Africa needs him very much, especially, after the retirement of Kallis............

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    great batsman....he lead s.africa bery well after s.pollak...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 3, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Thanks Graeme. Was good having you at the helm for over a decade. Hope newlands will be sold out for the last day/s

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | March 3, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    A great player , remember some great innings from him . I guess its the right time , its good to go when you are in your peak rather than going when being forced to at a later stage. Should be a fitting tribute if his SA fellow team mates can force a draw . Good luck and happy bonding with your family . I sort of thought at the beginning of the series , his retirement was imminent . Guess it will be ABD to take over the reins in the test format as well .