Graeme Smith odds
Name: Graeme Smith
Fact: Smith is married to Irish singer Morgan Deane
Born: Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
DOB: February 1 1981
Country: South Africa
Major club teams: Cape Cobras, Somerset, Rajasthan Royals, Sahara Prune Warriors
Main role: Opening batsman
Batting style: Left-handed batsman
Bowling style: Right-hand off-break
Leading achievements: Captained South Africa across all forms of cricket, Four opening partnerships over 300, Fourth best Test opening partnership of 415
An outspoken and often-controversial figure, Graeme Smith can back up his words with a glittering career that has seen him become one of the world’s most feared batsmen.
Able to combine a patient and relaxed batting approach with an aggressive and adventurous style when required, Smith has proved his worth time and time again in Test and one-day cricket and must always be respected in batting markets on South Africa matches.
His average with the bat in Test matches falls just short of 50, and for this reason you will find justifiably short odds on Graeme Smith to hit a half-century in Test cricket.
It could be wise therefore to take advantage of Graeme Smith odds in ODI matches, where his slightly inferior average means he is available at longer odds.
Always a big character, and never one to be outdone lightly, Smith possesses a clear determination to be the best on the field and perform to his maximum potential every time he plays.
He demonstrated this when competing with a broken hand against Australia in 2009 and receiving acclaim from all corners of the ground.
This personality and will, coupled with Smith’s obvious abundance of ability, make him look a great bet to top-score for South Africa in upcoming Test matches, the soonest of which comes against Australia.