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Smith set for a ‘century’

Calcutta: The first day of the first Test between the South Africa and Pakistan on Friday at the Wanderers will be a historic occasion for South African Test captain, Graeme Smith.

He will become the first player in history to captain a team in 100 Tests, having led the Proteas in 98 Tests and also captained the World XI against Australia.

“This is a truly remarkable achievement,” said Cricket South Africa acting CEO, Jacques Faul.

“Graeme is a true South Africa hero and we must celebrate this achievement in style. He took over as captain at a difficult time just after the 2003 ICC World Cup and has been in this most demanding of jobs for almost a decade now.

“His leadership has been unwavering and inspirational not just to his players but to the nation…”

Smith will also be celebrating his 32nd birthday on Friday.

Imran Tahir has been added to the squad as cover for Robbie Peterson for the first Test match against Pakistan which starts at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday, 1 February 2013.