SA’s Smith considering international return


Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has revealed that he's considering an international comeback, saying he feels he has enough time to make an impact if he performs well in upcoming MCL matches.

Smith, who retired last year, says he wants to see how he does at the Masters Champions League in January and go from there. But he has not ruled out the possibility, despite his growing corporate and media career.

Smith told The National: "For me, I'm at the cusp of whether I should play international cricket again or not.

"I'm 34 now, retired at 33, there's always that question mark of whether I can play for another three-four 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."  

The former skipper, the world's most successful Test captain, said that the Proteas' performance in India recently, where they lost a Test series on the road for the first time in nine years, prompted him to rethink retirement.

The opener told ARY TV: "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."

As for the Proteas, Smith said that the players needed to recharge quickly before the England series, and that they had to put the India disaster behind them but spending time with family.

He said: "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."

Smith also said that the England series would be pivotal for skipper Hashim Amla, who had a dire Test series in India with the bat and in the field.

'Biff' said: "He needs time, it's his first challenge as a captain now and how he bounces back from this will speak volumes for him and the team.

"I think we need to always give him that opportunity now to bounce back and how he brings the guys through. This England tour now becomes an important challenge for him as a leader."