On August 2 in 2003, former South African captain Graeme Smith created historical past by turning into the primary participant from the nation to notch up double century at Lord’s Cricket Floor.
The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) took to its official Twitter deal with to disclose that Smith smashed a 259-run knock on this present day a couple of and a half decade in the past.
Sharing an image of Smith from the match, the world’s cricket governing physique tweeted,”259 runs, 370 balls, 34 fours #OnThisDay in 2003, Graeme Smith slammed the primary double ton by a South African at Lord’s. It’s also the second-highest rating on the venue.”
— ICC (@ICC) August 2, 2020
The 39-year-old achieved the feat throughout the second Take a look at of the five-match sequence towards England at Lord’s.
In reply to England’s first-innings rating of 173, Smith smashed a mammoth knock of 259 runs, together with 34 boundaries, off 370 balls on the third day of the match.
In addition to a double ton, Smith additionally shared 133-run stand with Herschelle Gibbs (49), 257-run partnership with Gary Kirsten (108) and 123-run stand with Boeta Dippenaar (92) as South Africa posted a mammoth rating of 682 for six declared.
Subsequently, Makhaya Ntini claimed a five-wicket haul, Andrew Corridor and Shaun Pollock took two wickets every and Paul Adams additionally chipped in with a wicket to assist South Africa bundle out England for 417 runs of their second innings.
Andrew Flintoff (142), Mark Butcher (70) and Nasser Hussain (61) have been the highest scorers for England. South Africa sealed an enormous win by an innings and 92 runs.
Smith’s double century throughout the match was additionally the second-highest rating on the floor after Graham Gooch, who holds the report of highest rating notched up on the floor with 333 runs.
Smith, nonetheless, holds the report for the best rating by an abroad participant at Lord’s.
Thought to be one of many biggest South African gamers of all time, Smith completed his cricket profession in 2014 with a complete of 9,265 runs in 117 Assessments, 6,989 runs in 197 ODIs and 982 runs in 33 T20Is.