ON THIS DAY: Graeme Smith’s second double, at Lord’s

ON THIS DAY in 2003, South Africa’s young captained smashed a second double century against England in a matter of weeks at Lord’s.

After managing just 173 all out, England were put to the sword at Lord’s by South Africa’s 22-year-old new captain. He smashed 277 at Edgbaston in the first Test of the 2003 series’, before hitting this second double, a matter of days later – with 259. 

You would think England would be sick of the sight of Smith, but when South Africa’s total was on just 13, England’s skipper, Nasser Hussain let Smith off the hook by dropping him after he chased a wide one.

It would prove to be one of the most expensive drops in Test cricket. 

His 259 came off 370 balls and included 


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