Cape Town: Graeme Smith needs only six wins to achieve the world-record for most Test victories as captain.
Ricky Ponting, who has led his team to 48 Test wins, currently holds the record for most Test victories as captain.
Smith, who became the second South African to score 8000 Test runs after Jacques Kallis on Day 1 of the final Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, was the leading run-scorer in the series against New Zealand with 282 runs at an average 56.40, including a century and two fifties.
Proteas coach Gary Kirsten said Smith’s mental toughness has led to his success.
“Graeme has impressive mental capabilities, he is one of the tougher cricketers that I have played and worked with, both mentally and physically. He is courageous and is naturally born to lead, and he has used those qualities to pave his way in world cricket,” he said.
“He may not be the best looking cricketer out there but he has worked hard for every run that he has scored and that is why he has reaped the type of success while playing the game and leading South Africa,” he added.