Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan, has said that Graeme Smith is a motivational leader and he is one of the best captains in world cricket at the moment. In the Lord’s test match, Smith will break the world record of Allan Border of captaining in the maximum number of test matches. Border had captained Australia in 93 test matches, while, the Lord’s test will be the 94th test of Smith as the South African captain. As per Vaughan, Smith was given the captaincy when the South African cricket was in crisis. But, he didn’t let his country down.
After 2003 world cup, Cricket South Africa shocked everyone by appointing a 22 year old youngster, Graeme Smith, as the captain. Smith had only played 6 test matches when he was named as the captain. Cricket South Africa was criticized a lot for this decision. But, Smith proved the critics wrong in his very first test series as the captain. South Africa visited England in 2003 under Smith’s captaincy and played pretty well. Smith himself performed brilliantly with the bat and scored two consecutive double hundreds in the first two test matches at Edgbaston and Lord’s respectively. He played an inning of 277 runs in the first test and 259 runs in the second test. South Africa had defeated England by an inning in the second test match at Lord’s.
As per Vaughan it is not easy to captain a test team at a young age of 22 years. But, Smith didn’t let his age come in the way of his captaincy. Vaughan said that Smith is not only a good captain; he is a very good opening batsman as well. He has played some outstanding innings for South Africa in test cricket. As per Vaughan, Smith is only 31 years of age at the moment and he can still captain South Africa for another 4 or 5 years.