FACTBOX - South Africa captain Graeme Smith

Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:59pm IST

South Africa's Graeme Smith sits in the ground access tunnel at the Adelaide cricket ground before the third day's play of the second test cricket match against Australia November 24, 2012. REUTERS/Regi Varghese/Files

South Africa's Graeme Smith sits in the ground access tunnel at the Adelaide cricket ground before the third day's play of the second test cricket match against Australia November 24, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Regi Varghese/Files

(Reuters) - Factbox on Graeme Smith who will captain his 100th cricket test when South Africa take on Pakistan at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Friday:

* Born in Johannesburg on February 1, 1981

EARLY CAREER

* Promising schoolboy cricketer at King Edward School in Johannesburg, picked for South Africa's under-19 team.

* Left-handed opener, who played his initial first-class cricket for Gauteng but soon moved to Cape Town to play for Western Province.

TEST ACHIEVEMENTS

*Test debut against Australia in 2002 at Newlands, one month after his 21st birthday. Scored 68 in the second innings, batting No. 3, but South Africa lost.

*Took over as captain after eight tests, with many sceptical about his leadership ability at age of 22. Won his first test as captain against Bangladesh by an innings and 60 runs.

* Made double centuries in consecutive tests - 277 at Edgbaston and 259 at Lords - on tour in England in 2003.

* Has scored 8,624 runs in 107 tests at an average of 49.28. It includes 26 test centuries. Has also taken eight wickets with his right arm off breaks.

* His games as captain are 98 for South Africa and one for the ICC World XI against Australia in October 2005.

* Set a world record 415 for the first wicket with Neil McKenzie against Bangladesh at Chittagong in early 2008. They had finished day one with 405 runs, the most ever put on by a pair in a single day of test cricket without losing a wicket.

* Led South Africa to an away test series win over Australia in 2008 - their first home loss in almost two decades. His heroics in batting despite a broken hand in an attempt to save the third Test won over many fans.

* Smith has led his side to 47 Test victories, with a win percentage of 47.47.

* Wanted to relinquish the captaincy after the 2011 World Cup in India, where he took the rap for the team's brittle middle order, but was persuaded to stay on as test skipper by coach and former team mate Gary Kirsten.

* Led South Africa to test series wins over England and Australia in 2011 to confirm the country's status as the top test-playing nation. (Compiled by Mark Gleeson, Editing by Clare Fallon)

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