Graeme Smith elected MCC Honorary Life Member

Graeme Smith and former Australian off-spinner Tim May were awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of their outstanding achievements in cricket.

Graeme Smith became South Africa’s youngest ever captain at 22, and went on to have a brilliant international career.   -  PTI Photo

Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has been elected an Honorary Life Member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodians of the game’s law.

 

Smith, who has an impressive record in One-Day International, scoring 6,989 runs including ten centuries, expressed his excitement on being bestowed upon the honour.

 

The former batsman became South Africa’s youngest ever captain at 22, and went on to enjoy a monumental Test career. He struck 27 centuries amongst his 9,265 career runs.

Named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 2004, Smith secured a second place on the Honours Board in 2008, after hitting a century at the Home of Cricket in a drawn Test match against England.

His first tour of England in 2003 became memorable as he slammed two double centuries in the first two Tests of the series - the second at Lord’s broke the record for the highest individual score by an overseas player.

His 259 beat Sir Donald Bradman’s 73-year record to become a part of the Lord’s folklore.

Former Australian off-spinner Tim May was also awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his outstanding achievements in cricket.

The pair follow Paul Collingwood, AB de Villiers, Mitchell Johnson and Adrian Morgan in being awarded Honorary Life Membership of MCC this year.