Proteas in England

Surreal moment for Smith

2012-07-22 10:12
Graeme Smith (Getty Images)
London - Proteas captain Graeme Smith became the seventh batsman in the history of the game to score a century in his 100th Test match as the Proteas took command of the first Test at The Oval on Saturday.

WIN: A limited edition signed Graeme Smith bat

Live scoring


Smith true to his character, displayed the tenacity and courage throughout his innings on a testing wicket, and described the emotions around the achievement as surreal.
 
“I don’t think it has sunk in yet,” Smith said about the hundred, which is also his seventh against England. “It was surreal at the time, there were a lot of thoughts and emotions that went through my head when I reached the hundred but at the back of my head I knew that there was still a job to be done.
 
Smith joins Colin Cowdrey and Alec Stewart of England, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad of Pakistan, Gordon Greenidge of the West Indies and Australia’s Ricky Ponting on this prestigious list.
 
He was equally full of praise for fellow batsman, Hashim Amla, who is unbeaten on 183. Smith and Amla broke the record for the second wicket partnership for South Africa against England, when they patiently and sometimes charismatically, built up a solid foundation of 259 runs for South Africa.
 
“He (Amla) doesn’t complicate it too much, he plays really well within his strengths and scores freely all round the wicket. To sit on the other end and watch some of his timing is quite incredible.
 
“He obviously has great ability but with that he has terrific mental strength and the calmness that adds to that, we all know that he has a big hunger to be successful and to do well so he’s a nice guy to have in your team.” 
 
Amla (183 not out) and Jacques Kallis (82 not out) will resume the Proteas’ innings on 403 for two on Day 4 with a lead of 18 runs, and will both be looking to close in on important milestones.
 
The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, also congratulated Smith and the Proteas on their achievements for the day and said: “Today was magnificent, for me the story that we are telling about this team is about the journey of a formidable team and South Africans showing that they can rise to the occasion. The challenge is not easy, England are a strong team but the team under the leadership of Graeme Smith have done well to represent our country, they are making us proud far away from home.”

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Cook hails 'great win'

2014-07-31 19:32

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
30 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Thu, 31 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
09 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Harare Sports Club 10:00
17 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
19 August 2014
Zimbabwe v South Africa, Bulawayo 09:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas' three-Test tour of Australia is:

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.