On this day, Graeme Smith became first South African to hit double ton at Lord's

Smith finished his cricket career in 2014 with a total of 9,265 runs in 117 Tests, 6,989 runs in 197 ODIs and 982 runs in 33 T20Is.

On this day, Graeme Smith became first South African to hit double ton at Lord's
Image Credits: Twitter/@ICC

On August 2 in 2003, former South African captain Graeme Smith created history by becoming the first player from the country to notch up double century at Lord's Cricket Ground.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to its official Twitter handle to reveal that Smith smashed a 259-run knock on this day more than one and a half decade ago.

Sharing a picture of Smith from the match, the world's cricket governing body tweeted,"259 runs, 370 balls, 34 fours #OnThisDay in 2003, Graeme Smith slammed the first double ton by a South African at Lord's. It is also the second-highest score at the venue."

The 39-year-old achieved the feat during the second Test of the five-match series against England at Lord's.

In reply to England's first-innings score of 173, Smith smashed a mammoth knock of 259 runs, including 34 boundaries, off 370 balls on the third day of the match.

Besides a double ton, Smith also shared 133-run stand with Herschelle Gibbs (49), 257-run partnership with Gary Kirsten (108) and 123-run stand with Boeta Dippenaar (92) as South Africa posted a mammoth score of 682 for six declared.

Subsequently, Makhaya Ntini claimed a five-wicket haul, Andrew Hall and Shaun Pollock took two wickets each and Paul Adams also chipped in with a wicket to help South Africa bundle out England for 417 runs in their second innings.

Andrew Flintoff (142), Mark Butcher (70) and Nasser Hussain (61) were the top scorers for England. South Africa sealed a massive win by an innings and 92 runs.

Smith's double century during the match was also the second-highest score at the ground after Graham Gooch, who holds the record of highest score notched up at the ground with 333 runs.

Smith, however, holds the record for the highest score by an overseas player at Lord's.

Regarded as one of the greatest South African players of all time, Smith finished his cricket career in 2014 with a total of 9,265 runs in 117 Tests, 6,989 runs in 197 ODIs and 982 runs in 33 T20Is.