Dwayne Smith announces retirement from International Cricket

Dwayne Smith in action. Smith played his last for West Indies in the World Cup 2015. Image Source: Associated Press
Dwayne Smith in action. Smith played his last for West Indies in the World Cup 2015. Image Source: Associated Press

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 33 year old announced his decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

The all-rounder played his maiden match on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year’s Test in Cape Town in January 2004. He scored a century on debut – an unbeaten 105, which also turned out to be his only century in international cricket. He played his last international game against the United Arab Emirates in a One-Day International (ODI) in Napier during the ICC World Cup in March 2015.

Smith played 10 Tests in total, scoring a total of 320 runs with an average of 24.61. His last Test appearance was in March 2006 against New Zealand, in Napier. His career as a cricketer bloomed mainly under made ODI cricket. He made useful contributions with his medium-pace in the game. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. He played in 105 ODIs, tallying up to 1560 runs with a career-best of 97. Smith scored eight half-centuries with an average of 18.57. His 61 wickets in total boasts of a career-best of 5 for 45.

Smith has been popular on the T20 circuit and has played for franchises in the Caribbean Premier League, NatWest Blast in England, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

Sources: 1] ESPNCricinfo

2] NDTV

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