It has been an up-and-down few years for Graeme Smith and, following a rather shaky World Cup campaign and that embarrassing semifinal disintegration, there have been calls for his resignation. But that should not detract from the Johannesburg-born left-hander's exploits with the bat since his Test debut back in 2002. Having had the captaincy of the team thrust upon him in 2003 at the age of 22, Smith took the massive responsibility in his stride, scoring double centuries in consecutive Tests during South Africa's tour to England. In 2004, he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. But perhaps the innings for which he is best remembered is his 90 off 55 balls (in a partnership of 187 with Herschelle Gibbs), which set the platform for South Africa's memorable 438-run chase to defeat Australia 3-2 in a one-day international series in March last year. Smith is known for his frosty relationships and verbal exchanges with several international players, but many put this down to his passionate determination to succeed. Despite his team's pitiful exit from the recent ICC World Cup semifinal, Smith would not be too disappointed with his performance at the tournament, having scored four consecutive half- centuries at the start of the competition.

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