Cricket World Cup 2011
Biff ditches SA for brunette
Graeme Smith (File)
Johannesburg - Outgoing Proteas one-day international captain Graeme Smith
has been slammed for jetting off to Ireland with his new brunette girlfriend instead of flying home to face the media after losing to New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup quarter-final, reports Timeslive
Smith, known as "Biff" by fans and team-mates, didn't arrive with the rest of the team on Saturday night from yet another unsuccessful Cricket World Cup campaign - this time in India.
Not much is known about 25-year-old Eurovision backing singer Morgan Deane, with whom Smith is believed to have stayed abroad for a holiday.
The two are believed to be in love, judging from her Facebook profile picture in which she has her arms all over the cricket captain.
There are conflicting reports about where they are, though.
Proteas team doctor Mohammed Moosajee was quoted as saying that Smith had remained in India for "personal reasons".
Deane said on her Twitter page that she returned to her home country on the eve of the fateful match.
Ireland's Herald newspaper reported that Smith, who broke up with his Capetonian girlfriend Brigitte Sarembock months ago, is now with the backing singer, who is part of Irish pop band Industry.