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All eyes on Smith for the 'big 100'

All eyes are on Graeme Smith for his historic 100th Test as Proteas captain.

Bafana Bafana show their support to Graeme Smith ahead of his 100th Test as Proteas captain. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh will ring the bell at the Wanderers on Friday to signal the start of play in the first Test between the Proteas and Pakistan in what will be a momentous occasion.

Graeme Smith takes to the field as captain for the 100th time in Test cricket.

He is the first cricketer to ever do so.

It will be a extra special occasion as Smith celebrates his 32nd birthday.

Van der Burgh said, "I've been given the honour to ring the bell for the beginning of play. It's a great honour to be there on such a historic moment. Everyone knows it's his 100th test as captain, but I don't think everybody knows he's the first guy in the world to be captain to 100 tests. I'm very excited and I'm sure we're going to play extremely well."

Van der Burgh said Smith is someone that every single youngster in South Africa should look up to.

"Graeme is such a sporting icon. I think to captain 100 Test matches is a huge achievement and so many people can learn from that."

On Thursday, Bafana paid tribute to Smith and wished him well.

The game kicks off at 10:30am.