It was the Edgbaston Test against England. On the same date in 2003, Graeme Smith had come into this match, struggling to score runs in Tests. The fact that he was captaining the side made the task to perform even more hard. There was a serious dose of criticism coming for him from all the corners for his dismal numbers as captain as well as batsman. Smith was very young at that time. Merely 21 years old.
What was to come surprised everyone. A batsman struggling for form, made a Test match double hundred for his side. He did not stop there. The double century at Edgbaston was followed by another at Lord’s.
The 277-run knock was a massive one by the South African. He and Herschelle Gibbs added 338 runs for the first wicket in just 75 overs. Darren Gough and company ran out of breath bowling to them but Smith had his task cut out.
Relive the marathon knock 0nce again.