Graeme Smith: No plans to retire

The former Proteas captain last week gave the impression he was about to retire.

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith on Friday said he has no immediate plans to retire from playing cricket.

Last week, he fractured his knee while playing for English county side Surrey.

Smith now requires surgery, which will likely see him out for the rest of the season.

He last week gave the impression he was about to retire after posting a series of tweets.

In the tweets, Smith thanked the Surrey staff and players in what appeared to be a goodbye message.

The former Proteas skipper went on to mention what a privilege it was to be a part of the set-up there.

Speaking exclusively to EWN Sport on Friday, the 33-year-old says he still wants to continue playing cricket.

"I have unfortunately gone there two years in a row and picked up two pretty serious injuries, which curtailed my time at the club. It has been disappointing. The club wants me back. If I can back this season, that would be good."

Smith returned home to Cape Town to undergo surgery and recover.

However, he says he has a lot of thinking to do regarding his future.

"There's [the] Cobras Champions League, there's the summer here in South Africa for the domestic team and there's opportunity to probably play the Big Bash. But I guess for me, it's just about getting the knee done and going through the recovery process. Hopefully in that period, I can decide what the right way forward is for me at this stage in my career."

Cricket South Africa (CSA) will on Tuesday announce Smith's successor as the Proteas Test captain.

He retired from international cricket after the home series defeat to Australia earlier this year.

AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla are considered the frontrunners.

Smith says he's convinced whoever takes over will do the country proud.

"It's going to be interesting to see who they announce on the 3rd [of June]. I've given South Africa 11 or 12 years of my best and I'd love to see the next guy go from strength to strength and take the team forward."