Kallis: Smith deserves accolades as he retires
Kallis: South Africa captain Graeme Smith deserves accolades as he retires
Associated Press
2014-03-04 11:01 PM

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Jacques Kallis called for the South African public to give Graeme Smith the credit he deserves as former players paid tribute to the retiring Proteas captain.

Smith called time on a 12-year international career late Monday, and had his last bat on Tuesday when he was dismissed for 3 on day four of the third test against Australia at Newlands.

While he led South Africa's revival in the wake of World Cup disappointment in 2003 and guided the team to the top of the world test rankings, the 33-year-old has not always enjoyed universal approval in his own country.

"A lot of our sportsmen are like that," Kallis said on Tuesday. "Maybe it's a South African thing that we like to keep our guys down on the ground."

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