Cullinan: Biff was SA's Waugh

2014-03-04 14:06

Cape Town - Former SA batsman Daryl Cullinan says Proteas captain Graeme Smith brought a Steve Waugh-like mental strength to the team.

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo's website, Cullinan reserved high praise for Smith.

"He brought a belief and character into the Proteas team, he never shirked his responsibility, he loved the challenge, he was always up for it.

"His presence and inspiration brought a Steve Waugh-like leadership to South African cricket," said Cullinan.

Cullinan called Smith not only a great captain but "the greatest opening batsman of his generation".

"I would have loved to play cricket with him," Cullinan said.

Cullinan said Smith and Jacques Kallis' retirement, will leave South African cricket in a bit of a conundrum.

"These two brought so much in terms of leadership and experience to the team, but it's now (Hashim) Amla, (AB) de Villiers, and (Faf) du Plessis' time. They'll have to pick up where Smith and Kallis left off."

Cullinan said he believed the weight of the captaincy had contributed to Smith's early retirement:

"He took on a lot as a young player and I felt he never always got the support he deserved. There must have been an element of burnout with the burden so heavy on his shoulders," Cullinan said.

Asked who he thought would replace Smith, Cullinan felt that it would be a "tall order" for AB de Villiers to carry the responsibility of being captain, wicketkeeper as well as South Africa's premier batsman in all forms of the game.

"There is a strong thought that du Plessis is the man to lead South Africa now," said Cullinan.


  • Bradley Kecskes - 2014-03-04 14:22

    Where did i put my Duncan Fernley

  • Neil Roberts - 2014-03-04 14:33

    Agreed, why is his comment relevant every time a test cricketer retires,surely news 24 can source the opinion of some other retired cricketers.

  • CLOUDCHASER - 2014-03-04 14:43

    ...and he will always be SA'S Biff...long live cappie Smith!

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-03-04 15:02

    For all those Biff bashers! Those idiots on this forum,did you read the twitts from all over the cricket world,did you see the respect that the Aussies show when Smith lost his wicket? Agh why would I bother,you all are a bunch of kaqqe who don't know nothing about the game! Yes Daryl he was!

      Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-04 15:14

      for all the smith lovers out there...he did more damage to SA cricket then anybody else. Together with his kallis and boucher tjommies. He was the undoing of jennings, klusner, wessels as couch..just to same a few...lazy fat ar*se who did want to train cause he was too gud. Tnx for leave you cu*t!

      Louis Krüger - 2014-03-04 16:42

      @Theuns Maybe you should rather watch netball or something. You are clearly as outspoken as DC and with just as little to back it up.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2014-03-04 15:11

    News24 I am sure there a a lot of better cricketers who has got something intelegent to say. DC is just trying to be in the news...Tnx for leaving sissy smith, it it the best news ever since kallis retirement!!! Finally SA got rid of Kallis, boucher and smith. Now the team can move forward.>!!

      Craig Algie - 2014-03-04 15:14

      I have to ask. Where does one move forward to when you are No. 1 in the world?

      Ewan Moffat - 2014-03-04 15:57

      @Theuns, you are such a tjop! I assume you know all the COACHES and players that you named personally, otherwise you're in no position to state unsubstantiated claims. Go join some conspiracy theorist support group, I'm sure they could help you!

      Louis Krüger - 2014-03-04 16:40

      Theuns you are as dumb as DC. Those players you named happen to be the best captain of all time, the best wicketkeeper of all time and one of the best batsmen of all time. Moegoe.

  • Arno Van Wyk - 2014-03-04 16:08

    Long last the IDOIT!!! Hope he gets the award for the most shameful captain. Most selfish decision he took. The big positive is that we will hopefully have 10 players in the future that can bat.

      Francois Cronje - 2014-03-04 16:42

      The IDOIT huh??????? If you are too stupid to spell what you are accusing others of, please ask an adult to show you how to use Spellchecker. Moron.

  • Rover Bond - 2014-03-04 16:47

    SA cricket has to restart now that all the deadwood is almost gone-some people have all the opportunties but not the ability-Smith's history has always been of scoring one big innings and then failing in the next 5 or 6, his batting average of under 50 is just that average, he could never bowl and was often helped in skippering the side by some very true good cricketers such as Kallis, Boucher, Steyn and coaching wise the great Gary Kirsten.

  • Mike Bosman - 2014-03-04 20:02

    No chance smith wasnt waugh's dirty sock. Smith is one of the worst captains I have ever seen. U dicks out there just look at his field placings against clarkes placings. Good riddance.

      Eelco van den Bosch - 2014-03-05 08:50

      Mike, do yourself a favour and go and read what some of the greats of world cricket (past & present) have to say about his leadership and him as a batsman -- total opposite of what you are saying --- i think their accessment carries moe weight than yours -- (can not remember a Mike Bosman ever play for Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, etc)

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-03-05 07:04

    and Shane Warne was your criptonite

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