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Graeme Smith says he remains 'committed to the Proteas and my international career'
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Graeme Smith says he remains 'committed to the Proteas and my international career'

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has revealed he considers "all cricketing opportunities" that are put to him, amid reports that Surrey want him as their captain for next season.

But Smith appeared to distance himself from a potential move to the Kia Oval by pledging his commitment to South Africa.

Surrey are in the market for a captain after Rory Hamilton-Brown resigned from the position midway through the season, following the death of his friend and team-mate Tom Maynard. Hamilton-Brown signed a three-year deal to return to Sussex on Friday.

Smith is not part of South Africa's Twenty20 side and he stood down as one-day captain after the 2011 World Cup, but he does not appear ready to end his international career.

The 31-year-old captained South Africa to the top of world Test rankings with their series victory in England this summer.

He tweeted: "I'm constantly approached about cricketing opportunities at home & abroad and always consider them.

"I remain committed to the Proteas and my international career!"

Surrey declined to comment on the reports. The county have already signed experienced former England batsman Vikram Solanki from Worcestershire, while Chris Tremlett and Gareth Batty have both signed new deals.

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