Smith poised to resign as S Africa`s T20 captain

Johannesburg: Recent injuries seem to have hastened the decision to reduce his workload in order to concentrate on prolonging a Test career that has yielded 7,170 runs at an average of 50.49, a source who declined to be identified told Reuters on Tuesday.

Smith, 29, who has captained his country since 2003, is due to hold a news conference in Johannesburg at 1100 local time (0900 GMT) on Wednesday.

It also seems probable the opening batsman will step down as one-day skipper in the near future, possibly after next year`s 50-over World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Smith has been concerned about the lack of a succession plan and has spoken on a number of occasions about his desire to finish his international career by playing as "one of the boys" under a different skipper.

Bureau Report

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