Thursday, March 6, 2014

AFSKEID EN DANKE.






The third test at Newlands was a classic addition to the saga of Australia vs South Africa and as announced on day three, Saffa skipper Graeme Smith's swansong.

After a comprehensive win to Clarke's men at Centurion followed by an equally rated hammering at Port Elizabeth these two cricket powerhouses squared off for a decider.
Australia prevailed with four and a half overs remaining on the fifth and last day when aussie quick Ryan Harris, took Steyn with a yorker and cleaned out number 11 Morkel with balls 1 and 3 of what was a last throw of the dice for him as Michael Clarke made increasingly desperate moves to get the win
Graeme Smith's men made a tremendous fight to salvage a draw, hanging on for over five sessions with no realistic chance of winning, a feat the test aficionados recognise as an Everest like challenge.
To fall short by such a narrow margin was still a fitting final curtain on the career of one of the great cricket captains in history.

Appointed at the age of 22 to lead a country that has a very proud history with the unique problems all sport and in fact life in the Republic throws up, he took South Africa to number one test nation and leaves with that record intact.
Smith will be the first to admit his form in what became his last series was very ordinary but that his team went so close to saving a test that very few teams could ever have  achieved, was a testement to his outstanding leadership.

So to Graeme Smith farewell and thankyou, enjoy your new life.

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