Updated: Tuesday, 04 March 2014 04:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Smith to retire from international cricket

Graeme Smith, the international game’s longest-serving captain, announced on Monday he would retire from all international cricket after the current third Test against Australia at Newlands.

Smith to retire from international cricket

South Africa's cricketer and captain Graeme Smith is seen on Day 3 of the third Test match between South Africa and Australia at Newlands on 3 March, 2014 - by Luigi Bennett

The 33-year-old has captained South Africa in 108 Test matches, including the current match.  

He broke the news to his team-mates at the end of the third day’s play on Monday.

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life," said Smith.

"It's a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year.

"I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years old."

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