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Proteas Test captain now Irish citizen

Graeme Smith, captain of the South Africa Test team, has been granted Irish citizenship, according to Cricinfo website.

Smith, 32, married the Irish singer Morgan Deane in August 2011, and the pair have been in Dublin in recent days to tie up the details.

Graeme Smith, captain of the South Africa Test team, has been granted Irish citizenship, according to Cricinfo website. Photo: jason boud. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Deane posted a photo on Instagram of Smith with his certificate. Smith has not had to relinquish his South African citizenship.

While the development will have no immediate implications for Surrey, the county with whom Smith has a long-term relationship, it would mean that, should he retire from international cricket, he would be eligible to play for them without counting as an overseas player.

Smith has previously insisted that he is keen to continue to represent South Africa until at least the 2015 World Cup, although he is not guaranteed to be included, having not passed 30 in his last eight ODIs. It is thought he may at some stage step back from the international game and concentrate on Surrey.

Having signed a three-year contract to captain the London county in late 2012, Smith’s first season at Surrey was curtailed by injury. He played in only three Championship matches, as Surrey were relegated from Division One. - Cape Times

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