Smith calls it a day

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith has announced his retirement from all international cricket. Smith, 33, who is playing for Islamabad United in the ongoing Pakistan Super League, confirmed the decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah. His last West Indies appearance came at the 2015 World Cup.

Smith made his international debut on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year’s Test in Cape Town in January 2004, after Marlon Samuels flew home with a knee injury. He made an impression straightaway, scoring a century on debut – a run-a-ball unbeaten 105, his only international century – in the second innings of the game, to help West Indies draw the match and end their streak of seven successive Test losses in South Africa. The team, however, did lose the series 3-1. Smith played only nine more Tests, scoring a total of 320 runs in the format. His last Test appearance for West Indies was in March 2006, against New Zealand in Napier.

Smith had a far more substantial run in the limited-overs sides, where he also made useful contributions with his medium-pace, although his batting returns remained modest. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. Six of his eight ODI fifties came when he batted in the top three, and his average of 25.27 was better than his overall career average of 18.57. Overall, he played 105 ODIs scoring 1560 runs at a strike rate of 92.69. He also took 61 wickets in ODIs, with a career-best of 5 for 45 and three four-fors.

Smith was part of two World Cup squads for West Indies in 2007 and in 2015, where his final appearance came against UAE in Napier. Following West Indies’ early exit from the 2007 World Cup, Smith spent close to three years out of the ODI and T20I squads before making his return in 2010.

He was part of three World T20 squads – in 2007, 2012 and 2014. While he played only one match during West Indies’ title run in the 2012 World T20, he was picked in the next edition as the side’s designated opener and scored 125 runs in five matches. In 33 T20 internationals, he scored 582 runs at 18.18 with a strike rate of 122.78, although he only made three fifties.

Smith has been a popular cricketer on the T20 circuit, over the last few years, turning out to play for franchises in the Indian Premier League, the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League and the Pakistan Super League, as well as the NatWest Blast in England. 


Source: (cricinfo)

5 Responses to Smith calls it a day

  1. Fan March 2, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Sorry that he was not more successful. At times he looked like the real thing but soon flattered to deceive. Sad!

  2. North Point March 2, 2017 at 8:04 am

    a job well done , we enjoyed you whilst you lasted, I remembered many of your great innings, you will be missed, what are you planning to do, you are still young.

  3. Alex Alleyne March 2, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Live in ENGLAND.

  4. Haskell Murray March 2, 2017 at 9:49 am

    He lacked the technical qualities of a batsman to succeed at the test and ODI levels. he will not be missed

  5. Peter March 2, 2017 at 10:01 am

    That report should start…. FORMER Wi player…. because since that first test match in Australia, he let down a lot of fans including me. I blame WI internal politics for not helping him develop further I personally heard from the mouths of other WI important persons… ” Not another Bajan.” Well they had to make way for their hometown boys. Insularity will remain one of our major destructive and disruptive forces. Not to worry, Bajans are known to be a boastful lot too. I wish Dwayne well in all his future undertakings. I ask him to work with our youths.


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