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Graeme Smith explains his failure to return to SA

Graeme Smith has addressed the criticism received after he chose not to return to South Africa after the...

SA cricket captain Graeme Smith. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Graeme Smith has addressed the criticism received after he chose not to return to South Africa after the Proteas' failed World Cup attempt in India.

In his statement, Smith explained that his emotions got the better of him.

"…I apologise and make no excuses for it but I ask the South African fans to understand that I was feeling incredibly emotional at the time," he said.

More rumours suggested that he was expected to step down as test captain of the Proteas but team manager Doc Moosajee made it very clear that that was not the case.

"Cricket South Africa will be having a press conference on Monday to address the issue around the new coach as well as the management team and captains in the different formats. As things stand right now, Graeme is still the captain of the test team," he said.

Smith admitted that he had not taken into account how the South African public would react to his decision not to return home.

"Prior to the World Cup I had asked permission to go to Ireland to attend to a personal matter. At the time I faced the full media schedule and felt that signalled the end to the campaign. What I did not take into account is the public's reaction to the decision," he said.

He is still confident of the season ahead.

"As for the future, I remain extremely positive about the Proteas team as we set about challenging the Indian team for their number one ranking. This must be our priority," he said.