Smith didn't threaten to quit over Tsolekile selection

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Cricket South Africa has quashed rumours that captain Graeme Smith threatened to resign if wicketkeeper-batsman Thami Tsolekile was selected for the squad for the ongoing Test series against India.

Cricket South Africa has quashed rumours that captain Graeme Smith threatened to resign if wicketkeeper-batsman Thami Tsolekile was selected for the squad for the ongoing Test series against India.

Tsolekile, who has not played a Test match since 2004, was named in the 15-man party for the two-match series ahead of the young Quinton de Kock, who recently accrued a record three consecutive ODI centuries against the same opposition.

"There is no truth at all to these malicious and damaging comments," said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat. "As per CSA's selection policy, the captain is not involved in selection.

"All selection procedures and protocols were followed in the selection of the squad and the playing XI and were signed off by myself and transformation manager Max Jordaan.

The left-handed Smith was dismissed for 44 on the fourth day of the first Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Saturday, as the Proteas slipped to 138 for two in pursuit of a daunting 458-run target.

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