Former South African captain and opening batsman Graeme Smith is pondering over returning to international cricket. Smith was just 33 years old, when he suddenly announced his retirement after the test series against Australia early last year. Since then, the Proteas have struggled miserably to find an idle replacement for Smith at the top of the order. If reports are to be believed, Smith might come out of retirement and don the colors of South Africa yet again.
Smith is set to participate in the Masters Champions League (MCL) in the UAE along with former greats of the game. Seeing South Africa’s toothless batting performances in India, Smith has thought about returning for South Africa at the top of the order. “For me, I’m at the cusp of whether I should play international cricket again or not,” Smith said. “I’m 34 now, retired at 33, there’s always that question mark of whether I can play for another 3-4 years. I know I can. But, it’s just about … I’m at the cusp. I’m looking forward to the MCL and take it from there.”
“Who knows the MCL could be a platform back into the international game?” he said. “I get asked this question a lot. It does spend time in your head, especially when you see the boys struggling in India you think you can contribute, but we’ll see. I’ll go back train, prepare and get ready for the MCL,” Smith added.
Speaking about South Africa’s humiliating loss to India, he said, “I think we just got a little bit in our own way in this series.” “When you play on tough wickets, whether it’s green, seamy wickets or spinning wickets, margins become very small and we lost out on those margins always early on in the Tests and were always playing catch-up. It looked like we just got in our own head a little bit in terms of the wickets. Yes they were tough, both teams had to play on the same surface.”
“It’s put us under a little bit of pressure for the end of the year. England’s a big tour back in South Africa, four Tests, so the guys need to go back home. They’ve been in India for a very long time, they need to have a bit of fun for a week, see their families, relax, catch their breath, because four Tests against England will be very exciting now,” said Smith.
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