West Indies news March 1, 2017

Dwayne Smith announces retirement from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dwayne Smith last played for West Indies at the 2015 World Cup © Associated Press

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith has announced his retirement from all international cricket. Smith, 33, who is playing for Islamabad United in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, confirmed the decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah. His last West Indies appearance came at the 2015 World Cup.

Smith made his international debut on West Indies' tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year's Test in Cape Town in January 2004, after Marlon Samuels flew home with a knee injury. He made an impression straightaway, scoring a century on debut - a run-a-ball unbeaten 105, his only international century - in the second innings of the game, to help West Indies draw the match and end their streak of seven successive Test losses in South Africa. The team, however, did lose the series 3-1. Smith played only nine more Tests, scoring a total of 320 runs in the format. His last Test appearance for West Indies was in March 2006, against New Zealand in Napier.

Smith had a far more substantial run in the limited-overs sides, where he also made useful contributions with his medium-pace, although his batting returns remained modest. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. Six of his eight ODI fifties came when he batted in the top three, and his average of 25.27 was better than his overall career average of 18.57. Overall, he played 105 ODIs scoring 1560 runs at a strike rate of 92.69. He also took 61 wickets in ODIs, with a career-best of 5 for 45 and three four-fors.

Smith was part of two World Cup squads for West Indies in 2007 and in 2015, where his final appearance came against UAE in Napier. Following West Indies' early exit from the 2007 World Cup, Smith spent close to three years out of the ODI and T20I squads before making his return in 2010.

He was part of three World T20 squads - in 2007, 2012 and 2014. While he played only one match during West Indies' title run in the 2012 World T20, he was picked in the next edition as the side's designated opener and scored 125 runs in five matches. In 33 T20 internationals, he scored 582 runs at 18.18 with a strike rate of 122.78, although he only made three fifties.

Smith has been a popular cricketer on the T20 circuit, over the last few years, turning out to play for franchises in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League, as well as the NatWest Blast in England.

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  • alfanso on March 7, 2017, 7:21 GMT

    Very limited. Mediocre at best,

  • Shekar on March 3, 2017, 13:33 GMT

    The WICB failed him and many of his contemporaries. Players like both Dwayne and Devon Smith, Wavel and Ryan Hinds, Ganga, Morton etc should have been complimenting the likes of Gayle, Sarwan, Shiv and Lara for years. However there was no academy or "A" team tours to help with the development of emerging batsmen in the region. Ricardo Powell another! His batting was fierce...but even bowlers convert better! He needed some years of fc cricket to develop his capacity to play the long innings. A career wasted....

  • castro6065533 on March 3, 2017, 6:18 GMT

    Was capable of good power hitting on his day, but you can't escape the fact that his international career was largely disappointing. Especially in ODIs, he was probably persisted with for too long.

  • Tracey on March 2, 2017, 12:33 GMT

    He was one of my favorite 'Punishers' alongside the likes of Gayle, Pollard, DeVilliers, Maxwell, Russell and Afridi. However this 'Retirement is Belated'. Enjoy your cricket Dwayne, now that the WICB shackle has been removed from you.

  • jarrel0723030 on March 2, 2017, 11:40 GMT

    One of my favourite memories of Dwayne Smith was as a young man seeing him flick a ball off his pads over square leg for one of the biggest sixes I've ever seen. The effortless but beautiful elegance in it was something to behold. Me and my dad still talk about that shot today. Bat on Smitty!

  • bhanu67325088 on March 2, 2017, 11:36 GMT

    Great team man but there was something in him which resembled Viv Richards batting style. His first tour of South Africa showed great potential but for reasons unknown he drifted which is not surprising with the Caribbean cricket.The IPL was the platform wherein he appeared to be enjoying himself and treated the Indian fans with some great hitting.

  • Alex on March 2, 2017, 11:02 GMT

    @Narayran Shastri , You said " He wasn't really athletic" , are you speaking about the same DWAYNE SMITH that we all know ?. All cricket followers know that "SMITTY" was super fast/excellent in the field.

  • Josiah on March 2, 2017, 10:13 GMT

    @japper the board is not responsible when a player simply wasn't good enough for international cricket.

  • Sathyen on March 2, 2017, 9:37 GMT

    Dwayne Smith was one among many precocious talents who was unfortunately wasted by gross ineptness of an appalling cricket board. That debut century against SA was a spectacular innings and had he been born in any other country he would have developed into a superstar. He was an outstanding fielder in his early days and his fielding like his batting waned as the years went by.

  • Narayan on March 2, 2017, 4:46 GMT

    He wasn't really athletic, but with bat in hand, he would be potentially dangerous. I would like to see West Indies play their Test cricket with flair (with fast bowlers and classy batsmen), rather than just plain power-hitting game in the T20 Internationals ...

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