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Graeme Smith has called an end to his storied international career, that included a record number of Test wins as captain, and a reputation for scoring runs in the toughest situations
Reactions - 'The heartbeat of the team'
Andy Zaltzman - Graeme Smith: Frankenstein's Kirsten
Timeline - From young leader to matchwinner
News - CSA not hurrying to name Smith's successor
Firdose Moonda - Graeme Smith's last stand
Tributes - 'He was a youngster but he was a big man'
Video - Cullinan: Smith brought a Waugh-like leadership to SA
Video report - Kimber: Cricket stood still for Graeme Smith
Polite enquiries - Will Graeme Smith play for Ireland?
News - 'When I told the team, it was a really tough night'
Feature - Jimmy Cook: 'He scored runs even when he wasn't playing well'
Feature - Jarrod Kimber: The giant boy who stood up to legends
Feature - Smith: second-innings colossus
Stats - Fourth-innings hero, and captain extraordinaire
Gallery - Smith's career in pictures
Gary Kirsten - 'He was a natural born leader'
News - 'Smith the greatest Test captain ever' - Kirsten
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