Graeme Smith to break another record
August 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
With all the Olympics and recent Super Rugby and ongoing Currie cup competition many have forgotten about the all important test series going on in England, where the Proteas are once again on the verge of making history and becoming the number one ranked test side on the planet.
The third test at Lords (the home of cricket) will decide which team gets to boast the number 1 ranking; it’s simple for SA, win or draw the match and claim the title. For England it’s a bit trickier, they will need to win the test to retain the number 1 title.
Another massive milestone awaits lords yet again where we will see our very own Captain, Graeme Craig Smith become the most capped test captain in the games history.
Smith has captained South Africa since the age of 22, notching up 8277 runs at an average of just over 50 in 101 test matches. Smith scored a century in his 100th test match at the Oval becoming only the 7th player in history two do so, he also holds the record for the second highest score at lords in it’s long and rich history.
Another telling statistic is the fact that Smith averages almost 60 in test wins in South Africa and an amazing 74.10 in overseas victories. South Africa have also never lost a test match when Smith has scored a century. The Epic 154 Smith scored at Edgbaston in 2008 on an almost unplayable surface secured the Proteas their first ever series win in England since readmission.
Graeme Smith averages 74 in England and 50 overall making him one of the most successful left hand opening batsmen of the modern times. With the likes of Kallis, Amla and ab de villiers around him not to mention Alviro, Duminy and Rudolph. This match should be a step to far for England.