JOHANNESBURG: South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who last week announced his retirement from international cricket, was influenced by his family in taking the decision, media reported on Sunday.
Smith, 33, told the Sunday Times newspaper that he knew he had made the right decision while at the hospital bedside of his 18-month-old daughter, who had suffered burns from hot water.
He says the toddler reached out to him and touched his Proteas badge. "That's all she's known of me really." "She sees me on the TV and that was a moment where I realised I'm pretty happy with the decision I've made," he said.
The Proteas captain stunned the cricketing world on Monday when he announced he would quit international cricket at the end of the Test series against Australia.
"I'll have more time to see my children grow and I'll be mentally more there."
Smith is the most capped Test captain in the history of the game with 9,262 Test runs at an average of 48.49 with 27 hundreds and 38 half-centuries.