Neil Johnson pays tribute to Graeme Smith

2008-05-14 00:00

He is the cricketer most South African cricket spectators love to hate. His arrogant, gum-chewing swagger does little to endear him to fellow players either. If that wasn’t enough, he also refers to the South African team as “my boys” and sprouts cricketing clichés ad nauseum along with some lacklustre excuses when his team loses.

The Australians were quick to pick up on his demeanour and nicknamed him “vet” (as in veteran) as he portrayed himself as a seasoned cricketer when in fact he was still wet behind the ears. Smith has never been afraid of a challenge, whether it comes from the opposition, the media or the selectors, and this has resulted in him making enemies in the process. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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