Tributes to a ‘mighty warrior’, a ‘legend’

2014-03-05 00:00

“HE has been a mighty warrior, a leader of men and an exceptional part of our international cricket. Following the recent retirement of Jacques Kallis from Test cricket, there is no doubt that we are now ready to move into a new era and it is our job to build on the solid foundations that these great players leave behind.”

Haroon Lorgat, CSA chief executive

For what he has done for SA cricket — the man is a legend! Congrats my Surrey BFF!”

Kevin Pietersen, former England batsman

“Biff, a career to be proud of and a leader who lead from the front! Our three triple century partnerships, my highlight! Congrats.”

Herchelle Gibbs, former South African opener

“The end of an era in South African cricket with Jacques Kallis and now Graeme Smith, both retired.”

Commentator and former Glamorgan bowler Alan Wilkins

“What a magnificent career Gra­eme Smith has had as captain and batsman. He can retire knowing he achieved great things in his time.”

Former SA spinner Pat Symcox

“Huge congrats Graeme Smith on an outstanding career for SA. Great leader and player. SA will miss him.”

Former England captain Alec Stewart

“Another great leaves the international circuit. Graeme Smith, what a legend. Huge loss for SA.”

Former Pakistan bowler Azhar Mahmood

“An immense contribution to SA cricket and the game at large. Wonderful career. All the very best.”

Cricket commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa

“Huge respect. Fantastic captain, leader, batsmen, bloke and all-round good egg.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan

“Sad he has announced his retirement. Takes a lot of courage to quit professional sport. Good luck for the next chapter.”

Former Bok captain Corne Krige

“Sad for cricket. Incredibly tough and courageous decision. Well done on an unbelievable career …”

Former Bok flyhalf Joel Stransky

“Sad that Graeme Smith will never do enough to win over his critics. Not sure what else he had to do?”

Natalie Germanos, radio commentator

“Graeme Smith organising the guard of honour for [Ricky] Ponting in Perth showed integrity. Playing SCG with broken hand showed courage.”

Australian cricket writer Peter Lalor

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