Can Graeme Smith lead Surrey’s charge back to the top of county cricket?
Just after the turn of the millennium Surrey were on top of county cricket. They dominated with talented players such as Mark Butcher and Graham Thorpe, which was demonstrated by Surrey winning the first T20 competition in 2003. Apart from recent success in the CB40, triumph has been a real challenge for the London team. However, Surrey fans will have their tails up going into the new season next summer.
After announcing the signing of South African Captain Graeme Smith on a 3 year deal on Thursday the expectation and hope would have significantly rose. Kevin Pietersen joined the Brown Caps in 2011 and despite his absence due to playing for England the confidence and playing style improved throughout the season. This resulted in promotion from the County Championship division two later that season.
Smith became the youngest South African captain at the age of 22 years and 89 days and its a position he’s held onto tightly through to the record breaking 94th test as captain earlier this summer against England. The Protea has scored 8,314 runs in 102 tests with an average of narrowly under 50. The opening batsman is considered one of the best on the globe and with those statistics, there’s reason to understand why.
It is a bold move from Surrey however, as even with his South African commitments he has instantly been given captaincy following the exit of Rory Hamilton-Brown at the end of the season. Smith’s wrote himself into the record books with South Africa but another challenge in the 31 year old’s career is whether he can captain Surrey to success.
Do you think Graeme Smith will bring success to Surrey?