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Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith
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Speaker
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Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
English
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Commentator,Cricket,Leadership,motivation,Professional Speaker,Professional sportsman,South Africa,Sporting celebrity
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Graeme has returned to his best form both as captain and opening batsman for the Proteas over the past 12 months. He led South Africa to victory eight out of 12 Test matches – two were drawn and two were lost – against Pakistan, New Zealand, the West Indies, Bangladesh and India, won 16 out of 19 ODIs against Zimbabwe, Pakistan, New Zealand, the West Indies and Bangladesh and won six out of eight T20/Pro20s.
In the process South Africa regained the No 1 Reliance Mobile ICC ODI ranking from Australia while Smith was personally ranked as the No 1 ODI batsman in the world.

Apart from the No 1 ODI ranking he achieved a whole succession of individual landmarks. These included 5 000 runs in both Test match and ODI cricket and, as he had done when he reached 4 000 Test runs, he was the second youngest to this milestone after Sachin Tendulkar.

Graeme also put an end to a spell without a Test century that had stretched from the West Indies series in April, 2005, by scoring Test centuries against Pakistan, the West Indies and Bangladesh. It took his total of Test centuries to 15 with the one against Pakistan at Lahore being significant as it was his first one on the sub-continent. He turned his most recent Test century against Bangladesh at Chittagong into a double century (232) and thus became the first South African to score four double centuries at Test match level. Previously he had been joint SA record holder with Gary Kirsten on three.

His most recent Test double century was also part of a world record first wicket partnership of 415 with his new opening partner, Neil McKenzie, who made his maiden first-class and Test double century. The Smith/McKenzie combination has been one of the highlights of the South African summer and in six Tests against the West Indies, Bangladesh and India (five away from home) they have an average Test opening partnership of 97 runs (877 runs from nine innings). At one stage they had six successive partnerships of more than 50 runs, including the mammoth 415 and another of 132 against India.

By his own admission Graeme is now more on top of his game both as player and captain than at any stage since he first captained South Africa at the age of 22.
Graeme has returned to his best form both as captain and opening batsman for the Proteas over the past 12 months. He led South Africa to victory eight out of 12 Test matches – two were drawn and two were lost – against Pakistan, New Zealand, the West Indies, Bangladesh and India, won 16 out of 19 ODIs against Zimbabwe, Pakistan, New Zealand, the West Indies and Bangladesh and won six out of eight T20/Pro20s.
In the process South Africa regained the No 1 Reliance Mobile ICC ODI
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