Graeme Smith often cops a lot of flak for various different reasons. Yet, for so long he has been such a mainstay of the South African batting lineup. He has served the side as skipper since being flung into the role as an immature 22-year old.
Since being given the gig, he has gone from strength to strength and has played some crucial innings for his country.
Against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai Tuesday, he scratched and prodded his way to an unbeaten 67 by the close of play. As with all Smith's knocks, it wasn't pretty, but it was effective and very much needed. Under the circumstances, having not played competitive cricket since May this year and in blistering heat, it was a solid effort.
He has some time to make that score swell on day two, but this post is to pay homage to some of his most memorable knocks. They might not all be his top knocks, just some of the innings which have stood out over the last few years.
Add your favourite Smith knocks in the comments.