Tonight we honour Bill Lawry & Graham Smith

Bill Lawry

Bill Lawry, more commonly known as ‘Phantom’, was one of Australia’s great Cricketers. He made his debut in 1961 and had a top score of 210 against the West Indies. As well as being Australia’s 32nd Test captain, he opened the batting line up and remains number 20 in the list of best opening batsmen of all time in terms of batting average (with a 1,000-run cut-off), and No. 22 on the list of most runs scored as opener. Bear in mind there have been over 900 opening batsmen in Test cricket history.

First-ever skipper: In what proved to be the first ODI of all time, Australia beat England by 5 wickets under the captaincy of Lawry. It was the only ODI he ever played.

Now days he is most commonly recognised for many years of commentary with the Channel 9 team.

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Graham Smith

Graham Smith, another great in the game of Cricket, played his first test at age 21 against Australia. He was South Africa’s youngest captain, he was only 22 when he captained his first match against Bangladesh. Smith went on to become Test cricket’s most successful skippers. Between 2003 and 2014 Smith led in 109 Tests — the most in game’s history. He has led South Africa to 53 wins, the most by a Test captain. Most hundreds by a captain in Test wins: Smith has scored 15 Test hundreds as a captain in Test wins. This is a record.

Smith has played 116 Tests for South Africa and one for ICC World XI. He has scored 9,265 Test runs at 48.25 and notched up 27 hundreds. He has also played 197 ODIs and scored 6,989 runs at almost 38 and they have come at a healthy strike-rate of 80.81. He has also picked up 26 international wickets with his gentle off-breaks.

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