Cape Town, March 5, Sandipan Sarma: Graeme Smith’s global cricket vocation reached an unexpected end on Tuesday when South Africa’s skipper was released for 3 as Australia moved to inside six wickets of triumph on day four of the third and definitive test.
South Africa, set 511 to win, was 71-4 at stumps after Mitchell Johnson released Smith to carry the 33-year-old’s inclusion in the match at Newlands to a nearby in the blink of an eye before tea. Smith advertised his retirement from worldwide cricket late Monday, and accepted a gatekeeper of honor from the Australians when he went to the pleat.
Nonetheless, his stay there was shortlived, as Johnson had him gotten by short leg in the fourth over of the innings. Just a little swarm turned out to witness the last day of Smith’s 12-year profession, yet they provided for him an overwhelming applause as he exited his home ground.
South Africa ended up in a bad position not long after when Dean Elgar was knocked down some pins by Johnson to abandon it on 15-3 at tea, however Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers batted for more than 30 overs to guarantee the diversion went into a fifth day.