Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Know About Graeme Smith International Career and Glorious Achievement

Graeme Smith Best Career and His Great Captaincy For Team-

Graeme Smith
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Personal information
Full name Graeme Craig Smith
Born 1 February 1981 (age 29)(1981-02-01)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Biff
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role opener, occasional off spinner, South African captain
International information
National side South Africa
Test debut (cap 286) 8 March 2002 v Australia
Last Test 14 February 2010 v India
ODI debut (cap 68) 30 March 2002 v Australia
Last ODI 29 November 2009 v England
ODI shirt no. 15
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/2000 Gauteng
2000 Hampshire Cricket Board
2000/01-2003/04 Western Province
2004/05-present Cape Cobras
2005 Somerset
2008-present Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 15)
Career statistics
Competition Test FC ODIs LA
Matches 83 120 149 205
Runs scored 6,799 9,750 5,613 7,830
Batting average 49.99 50.51 40.67 41.87
100s/50s 20/26 28/36 8/41 12/60
Top score 277 311 141 141
Balls bowled 1,319 1,687 1,026 1,968
Wickets 8 11 18 47
Bowling average 100.12 95.27 52.83 38.21
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/145 2/145 3/30 3/30
Catches/stumpings 112/– 167/– 77/– 105/–

Source: CricketArchive, 5 December 2009
Graeme Craig Smith (born 1 February 1981 in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa) is a South African cricketer, and the current captain of the South African cricket team, having succeeded Shaun Pollock after the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

A tall, left-handed opening batsman, on the 2003 South African tour of England he made double centuries in consecutive Test matches: 277 at Edgbaston, and 259 at Lord's. The 259 is the highest score made at Lord's by a foreign player.

Known for the success of his opening partnership with Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa's most prolific ever opening partnership, Smith has the distinction of having been part of all four of South Africa's opening partnerships of over 300 runs: in three of them he was partnered by Gibbs, and in 2008 Smith added 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh, a world record opening partnership.

International career-

In the first ODI against Pakistan on February 4, 2007, Smith hit an over bowled by Naved-ul-Hasan for 27 runs, and became the first player in ODI history to hit six fours off an over; Smith scored 72 from 47 balls as South Africa totalled 392–6, the highest ODI total ever made against a Test nation (excluding Zimbabwe) apart from the two innings of the aforementioned Wanderers match between Australia and South Africa. As captain he led the South African cricket team through 20 consecutive undefeated matches in One Day Internationals in 2005. In early 2007 Smith's South Africans replaced Australia on top of the official ICC rankings for ODI cricket but returned to second place after mixed results in the 2007 ICC World Cup thus far after losing to Australia by eight wickets. In the 2007 World Cup he started the tournament with four successive 50s, a feat never before achieved by a captain.

During the second Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong in begun on February 29, 2008 Smith (who scored 232) and Neil McKenzie (226) put on a world record 415 for the first wicket. The partnership beat the previous first-wicket record of 413 which had been set in 1956 by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy. They had finished day one with 405 runs on the board which was the most ever put on by a pair in a single day of Test cricket without losing a wicket. The partnership was Smith's fourth opening partnership of over 300 runs, and his sixth of over 200 runs, both Test records.

In scoring 108 in the second innings of the first Test against England at Lord's in 2008, Smith participated in a seventh double-century opening partnership, again in conjunction with McKenzie, as South Africa fought to draw a Test which appeared lost. He also scored a second-innings 154 not out in the third Test at Edgbaston, to lead South Africa to a challenging target of 281, and with it South Africa's first series victory in England since 1965. The result provided Smith with personal vengeance against Michael Vaughan for denying South Africa a series victory in England in 2003 and defeating South Africa at home in 2004–5; Vaughan resigned as captain of England after the Edgbaston match, in an echo of Nasser Hussain's resignation at the instigation of Smith's batting five years earlier.

South Africa would later on go to Australia for a test and one day series that was billed as the 'heavyweight' series. It was the world champions Australia taking on the number two side South Africa with the series winner becoming world champions. In the first test match at Perth, South Africa chased down 414 runs with 6 wickets in hand. This was the second largest fourth innings total that was chased down in history and the highest on Australian soil. Graeme Smith broke his Australian hoodoo by leading from the front and scoring 108, his first century against Australia. He would also share a partnership with Hashim Amla.

In December 2008 he captained the first South African side that won a test series against Australia on their soil, in the course inflicting the first home defeat on the opponents in 16 years.

On 18th August 2010 Smith announced that he was to surrender the captaincy of the Twenty20International South African team in order to extend his international career. He also announced that he is to give up the ODI captaincy after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

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  2. International cricket centuries-

     Test centuries:

    Graeme Smith's Test Centuries

    Runs Match Against Country Venue/City Year
    [1] 200 3  Bangladesh  South Africa Buffalo Park, East London 2002
    [2] 151 8  Pakistan  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 2003
    [3] 277 11  England  England Edgbaston, Birmingham 2003
    [4] 259 12  England  England Lord's, London 2003
    [5] 132 18  West Indies  South Africa New Wanderers, Johannesburg 2003
    [6] 139 21  West Indies  South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 2004
    [7] 125* 24  New Zealand  New Zealand Basin Reserve, Wellington 2004
    [8] 121 34  Zimbabwe  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 2005
    [9] 148 37  West Indies  Trinidad and Tobago Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 2005
    [10] 104 38  West Indies  Barbados Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 2005
    [11] 126 39  West Indies  Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Recreation Ground, St. John's 2005
    [12] 133 56  Pakistan  Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 2007
    [13] 147 61  West Indies  South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 2008
    [14] 232 63  Bangladesh  Bangladesh Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong 2008
    [15] 107 67  England  England Lord's, London 2008
    [16] 154* 69  England  England Edgbaston, Birmingham 2008
    [17] 157 71  Bangladesh  South Africa OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 2008
    [18] 108 73  Australia  Australia WACA Ground, Perth 2008
    [19] 183 80  England  South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 2010
    [20] 105 81  England  South Africa Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 2010
    [21] 132 85  West Indies  Saint Kitts and Nevis Warner Park, Basseterre 2010
    [22] 100 86  Pakistan  United Arab Emirates DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai 2010

     One Day International centuries-

    'Graeme Smith's One Day International Centuries'

    Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
    [1] 105 59  England  South Africa Sahara Oval St George's, Port Elizabeth 2005
    [2] 115* 61  England  South Africa Buffalo Park, East London 2005
    [3] 117 65  Zimbabwe  South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 2005
    [4] 103 66  West Indies  Jamaica Sabina Park, Kingston 2005
    [5] 134* 77  India  India Eden Gardens, Kolkata 2005
    [6] 119* 87  Australia  South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 2006
    [7] 103* 131  Bangladesh  Bangladesh Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong 2008
    [8] 141 144  England  South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 2009

    ABU DHABI — South African captain Graeme Smith said he would like to end the tour with a clean sweep in all three formats of the game as they take on Pakistan in the second Test starting from Saturday.

    South Africa beat Pakistan in both the Twenty20 matches and took the five-match one-day series 3-2 on the tour shifted to United Arab Emirates because of security fears in Pakistan.
    Pakistan escaped with a draw in the first Test in Dubai on Tuesday after Younis Khan notched a fighting unbeaten century and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 76 not out after South Africa set them a challenging 451-run target.

    Smith said his team would love to win the second Test -- the first-ever in Abu Dhabi Stadium, which like Dubai has become Pakistan's neutral venue.

    "For us it has been a successful tour in terms of the end results and we would love to add Test series to that before playing India," said Smith whose number two Test ranked team hosts number one India next month.

    JOHANNESBURG: In a boost to the South African team, their team doctor on Friday said that captain Graeme Smith will recover in time from his hand injury for the home Test series against India

    Cricket South Africa Medical Committee Chairman Dr Shuaib Manjra said Smith is expected to be fully fit for the series after being examined by a hand surgeon on the CSA Medical Panel today.

    "We have been given the assurance that Graeme's injury is healing within expectation and we are confident that he will make a full recovery and be available for the entire series against India," Dr Manjra said in a statement.

    Manjra said CSA's medical team will continue with Smith's rehabilitation and his condition will be reviewed again in two weeks' time. He said the expectation is Smith "will begin training with the team when they reconvene on December 12".

    Smith had fractured the little finger of his left hand during the recently completed series against Pakistan

    Smith sustained the injury when he was hit by a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer in the first ODI against Pakistan last month, and aggravated it by playing in the last two ODIs of the same series and the two-Test series in the UAE. He has now had five separate hand injuries in the past two-and-a-half years.

    South Africa host India for three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 International match.

    The Test series is billed as a contest between the world's top two teams, with India number one in Test rankings and South Africa at two. The first of the three Tests begins at Centurion on December 16. starting on December 16. and he had been advised rest from two to three weeks. There was concern that Smith might require surgery.

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