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Graeme Smith & AB de Villiers


In the latest edition of Fever-Tree introduces Perfect-Pairings, South Africa duo Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers are in the limelight.

The Proteas pair attributed 2,213 runs at an average of 53.97 in just 41 innings batting together as South Africa reached No.1 status in the ICC World Test Rankings during a hugely successful period.

Smith made his Test debut for South Africa in 2002, before becoming their youngest ever captain aged 22 after the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup.

During the Tour of England in 2003, Smith broke a Lord’s record, setting the highest score made at the Home of Cricket by an overseas player with 259, beating the score of Sir Donald Bradman who had hit 254 in 1930.

Smith is also the most successful captain in Test history, with 53 wins, also holding the record for scoring the most number of Test runs as captain with 8,659.

Known for being one of the most innovative and explosive batsmen in the world, de Villiers made his South Africa debut in 2004 and to date, has managed to score 18,996 runs in total for his country.

Averaging 50.33 in Tests and 53.56 in One-Day Internationals, de Villiers continues to be one of the most-feared batsman in the world, and holds the record for the fastest century scored by a batsman in ODIs - a brutal 149 runs off 44 balls against West Indies. 

Following his resignation as ODI and T20 captain in 2011, Smith passed the baton on to de Villiers, before retiring from all formats for his country in 2014.


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