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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Skipper Smith to quit South Africa

Published 03/03/2014 | 23:56

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LONDON - JULY 13:  Graeme Smith of South Africa hits out during day four of the First Test match between England and South Africa at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 13, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Graeme Smith of South Africa

South Africa captain Graeme Smith has announced he will be retiring from international cricket following the ongoing third Test against Australia.

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The 33-year-old opener has played 347 matches for his country since making his debut in 2002 and scored 37 centuries.

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 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."

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