Smith takes final Proteas bow

2014-03-04 15:29

Cape Town - Graeme Smith has made three in his final Test innings and South Africa collapsed to 15 for three at tea on the fourth day of the series-deciding third test at Newlands on Tuesday.

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Graeme Smith made three in his final Test innings and South Africa collapsed to 15 for three at tea on the fourth day of the series-deciding third Test at Newlands on Tuesday.

Chasing a victory target of 511, the hosts lost openers Smith and Alviro Petersen (nine), as well as Dean Elgar (nought) as Australia's bowlers made early inroads into their top-order.

Smith turned a Mitch Johnson delivery looping to Alex Doolan at short leg, an inglorious end for one of the game's greats.

It was a tame way for Smith's 205th test innings to finish but it was in keeping with his poor form in a series in which he has scored just 45 runs in six innings.

The South African captain, who announced his retirement from international cricket late last night, bowed out having made 9 265 runs at an average of 48.25 in 117 tests, 109 of those as captain.

Petersen was lbw to Ryan Harris and Elgar was bowled with the last ball before tea by Johnson.

Hashim Amla (three) and AB de Villiers (zero), whose roles in this South African side as experienced campaigners will be even more important in the absence of Smith, will resume after the interval.

It was all in sharp contrast to the Australia innings, when David Warner made batting look easy as he bludgeoned 145 from 156 balls and the tourists declared their second innings on 303 for five.

It was a second century of the match for the left-hander, who took his runs total in the series to 543 at an average of 91.

Warner received support from Chris Rogers (39) and Steve Smith (36 not out), but was the dominant figure in all his partnerships as he scored nearly half his side's runs.

Kyle Abbott had the most success among the home bowlers with three for 61, including the wicket of Warner, who edged a slower ball to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers.


  • Gerhard van Wyk - 2014-03-04 15:36

    Get Kirsten back ASAP!

      Werner - 2014-03-04 15:40

      And Elgar, Morkel and Petersen OUT.

      ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2014-03-04 16:42

      Gerhard hul gaan nou vir Amla kaptein maak en dan mag hulle nie meer Castle drink nie.

      ryk.vanrenen.9 - 2014-03-04 16:42

      Gerhard hul gaan nou vir Amla kaptein maak en dan mag hulle nie meer Castle drink nie.

      Johann Boshoff - 2014-03-04 17:25

      Why quitting now?...............................Why only now?

      Siya Dlulane - 2014-03-05 01:10

      When Gary Kirsten made his final appearance when playing for the Proteas, he scored a half century. Kallis scored a century in his final outing & Indian great, Tendulkar scored 74. But guess what, Smith scores 3. He also made a poor score in the first innings.Sums up his career as an unreliable Batsman.

  • Werner Michael Strydom - 2014-03-04 15:38

    I'm no naysayer, but we're being embarrassed here. Number 1 in the world, anyone?

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 15:58

      According to the ICC yes, but not according to the fans. They ripped SA to pieces

  • UNITY - 2014-03-04 15:40

    Farewell Biff ! , Enjoy the retirement !! As the team is in a scurry to save the test.. Only surrey left to enjoy the double tons..

      Werner - 2014-03-04 15:42

      Likely yes, as Smith seems unable to play bowling better than county level anymore.

  • Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-04 15:40

    The game isn't over till the fat lady sings they say but unfortinately the fat boy was out again cheaply. That's says it all for this match only rain can save them.

      Lor Dantebellum - 2014-03-04 15:56

      Where is this damn rain when we need it ?

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 15:59

      Mac, the fat lady lost her voice from all the singing

  • Sabiha Lockhat - 2014-03-04 15:44

    here"s bidding the legend farewell so new beginning for proteas we need two new openers, even a new coach perhaps

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-04 15:49

    not exactly a captain's knock hey Biff.... Don't you worry even Sir Don Bradman scored a Zero in his last inning.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-04 17:12

      Yeah, cost Sir Don his 100 average too. Despite this horrible thumping, I see exciting times ahead for the Proteas. It's always interesting to see a new side being built up. With the Smith/Kallis/Boucher era now behind it, it is time for AB (presumably he'll be the new skip) to stamp his own approach on the team and the game. Personally, I hope that AB builds a more attacking and positive brand of cricket. The Proteas, much like England under Flower, followed quite an attritional style of cricket. It works when you can wear out inferior opponents like New Zealand over a period of days. But, as both teams have found out, it crumbles when a side like Aus comes hard at you. We have a good corps of young fast bowlers and several promising young batters too. With old hands like AB, Hash and Dale to guide them, I think they can build a very exciting team.

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-04 17:13

      Behind *us*, even.

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-04 15:54

    Wow. .... have these clowns completely forgotten how to bowl AND bat? How many more times must Aus show them how to occupy the crease? Smurf out cheaply again is no surprise. Start preparing yourselves already for the excuses. Go Aus! !!!!!!!

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 16:00

      No excuses son, they cannot, boul or field

      Albertus Lombaard - 2014-03-04 16:07

      And bat, don't forget that

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-04 16:14

      Rumours has it that Mitch his nemesis has sent Biff into early retirement

  • Jacob Maermerrie - 2014-03-04 15:56

    This Aussie team have a tendency to put people into retirement! Mitchell Johnson__what a REALLY great fast bowler!!

  • Japie Oosthuizen - 2014-03-04 15:58

    Ons kom darem nou soos 'n baksteen terug aarde toe!!!!

  • selbysello.rasoesoe - 2014-03-04 16:04

    He was getting tired by day. Time to take a well deserved rest, captain. Thanks for everything.

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-03-04 16:05

    they are reeling they are clapping inside good riddens

      Pap Snoek - 2014-03-04 16:13

      that's "riddance"

  • Drake Richardson - 2014-03-04 16:09

    Maybe with a bit of luck we will see another 47 all out innings at Newlands.

  • Baainaar Hofman - 2014-03-04 16:30

    Elgar,smith se replacement?Die toekoms lyk maar donker nog n wit quota

  • Rover Bond - 2014-03-04 16:30

    well if he did not retire he would have been dropped from the side and about time albeit too late to save the series

      Pam Stevens - 2014-03-04 19:50

      Again shows how guiltless he is, especially after the courageous innings by a REAL captain. Get a REAL coach and the Proteas will fly.

  • Trix Roux - 2014-03-04 16:39

    Biff wanted to follow the Oscar trial live hence losing his wicket...

  • lorenco.lewis - 2014-03-04 16:44


  • Frankysmashcake - 2014-03-04 16:52

    and Smithy,take DOM ingo with you.The whole team was unpreprepared .

  • Frankysmashcake - 2014-03-04 16:53

    and Smithy,take DOM ingo with you.The whole team was unpreprepared .

  • Donovan Vorster - 2014-03-04 18:36

    Thank goodness for leaving. Your leadership was useless at best. Anyways, your hart as not been in the SA team forma long time.

      Eelco van den Bosch - 2014-03-05 08:42

      Well many of the great Australian players, present & past, do not agree with your accessment of Graeme's leadership and him as a batsman --- I think they have more cloud than you -- so i will beleive them

  • Michael Clifford Georgopoulos - 2014-03-04 21:46

    Hey..........Smith is not stupid!!!! He knows very well he has come in for a lot of insults and battering. This has eventually got to him siting his absolute miserable form of late as an opening "legenary" batsman. So to save further embarrassment and insult to injury...........he was (I think) clever enough decieded to quit before I DO get called an idiot.............................let me resign, Well done biffy boy.....judging from your last SIX places at the sure lead from the front!!!......oops???? from the back!!! Warner?? please invite "Captain courageous" to a few opening batsmen technics and guys can thumb me down...........but I rest my case!!!!

  • Theuns Pretorius - 2014-03-05 06:25

    Yippee! please can you take alviro with you and the whole management team... While you're cleaning , please get rid of a lister coetzee and stormers management!

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