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Smith announces retirement from International cricket

6th March 2014 12:50, in Cricket News

South Africa’s Test captain and GM star Graeme Smith ended his 347-match International career after the third Sunfoil Test against Australia at Sahara Park Newlands.

Graeme Smith celebrates his 100th Test March at The Oval in 2012 with GM's Peter Wright and Peter Johnson

Speaking of his decision Smith said: "This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year. I have a young family to consider and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years-old.

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the support from my parents and brother, my wife and children, my friends, 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.

Smith made his first-class debut for South Africa at the age of 21, and ends his illustrious career with 17 228 International runs and as the most capped Test captain in the history of the game.

GM Managing Director Peter Wright said: “We are enormously proud that Graeme has chosen to use GM throughout his international career. We wish him every success in the future and look forward to seeing him in the UK where will be captaining Surrey for the next two seasons.”