11:51 pm - Friday March 24, 2017

Smith quits it for family

South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision, media reported on Sunday.

Graeme-Smith-001Smith, 33, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he knew he had made the right decision while at the hospital bedside of his 18-month-old daughter, who had suffered burns from hot water.

He says the toddler reached out to him and touched his Proteas badge.
“That’s all she’s known of me really.”

“She sees me on the TV and that was a moment where I realised I’m pretty happy with the decision I’ve made,” he said.

The Proteas captian stunned the cricketing world on Monday when he announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the Test series against Australia.

“I’ll have more time to see my children grow and I’ll be mentally more there.”

Smith is the most capped Test captain in the history of the game with 9,262 Test runs at an average of 48.49 with 27 hundreds and 38 half-centuries.

He has captained the Proteas for 12 years since the age of 22.
“As a captain, even when you are at home your brain is still elsewhere a lot of the time,” he said.

The batsman, who married Irish pop singer Morgan Deane in 2011 also has an Irish citizenship, but says he has no plans of playing for his second country.

“I won’t be picking up a bat for that country. I won’t be playing for Ireland.”

“If am going to play for anyone, it would be the Proteas,” he said.

News Source:  The Daily Star

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