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ICC praise for Smith

Dubai (PTI): The International Cricket Council on Wednesday congratulated South Africa’s Graeme Smith for his glorious career, saying he has been an inspiring sportsman and would go down in cricket’s history as one of its most respected captains.

“On behalf of the ICC, we congratulate Graeme Smith on his retirement following a very impressive and successful international career,” said ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

“Graeme featured in a number of memorable matches for South Africa and led his country in a world record 109 Tests, as well as 150 One-Day Internationals. He will no doubt go down in cricket’s history as one of its most respected captains and opening batsmen.”

Skipper Smith bid adieu to international cricket at the end of third and final Test against Australia which his side lost by 245 runs at Newlands, Capetown.

“Batting at the top of the order is not an easy job but his determination to succeed is reflected in his career statistics and record of success, particularly in leading South Africa to the top of the Test rankings. The way he matured as a captain, encouraged his side to play hard but fair, be humble in both victory and defeat, was a great example to all,” the ICC said in a release.

“The ICC thanks Graeme for his contribution to the sport and wishes him well in his future endeavours,” Richardson concluded.

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