Graeme Smith had always loved scoring runs in England and 2008 was no different – he struck a match-winning century in South Africa’s second innings during the third Test at Edgbaston.
Now you can relive Smith’s heroics as he led the Proteas’ run chase by hitting 154 not out to claim a five-wicket victory and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
Following a draw in the opening encounter at Lord’s, the South Africans won the second Test match at Headingly, meaning it was pretty much all to play for in Birmingham.
Michael Vaughan won the toss and decided to bat first but sharp bowling by the Proteas quicks had the hosts dismissed for 231 in their first innings.
Half-centuries by Neil McKenzie and Jacques Kallis steered the Proteas to 314 before Paul Collingwood smashed a century in his team’s second innings, which guided England to 363 all out.
But despite Collingwood’s great effort with the bat, it meant South Africa needed 281 for victory.
Smith, though, made it clear from the outset that he was in the mood to score big and he did just that by securing another a massive series win under his captaincy.