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South Africa is a nation of champions and many of the country’s sporting heroes will have one eye on the cricket over the next 14 days as the top eight-ranked sides in the world do battle for the ICC Champions Trophy.

Springboks captain John Smit who recently led his side to victory in the Tri-Nations, not to mention the IRB Rugby World Cup in 2007, is delighted South Africa was chosen as the venue for another prestigious sporting event.

“This has been an incredible sporting year for South Africa and now it’s cricket’s turn to host a global sporting showcase with the ICC Champions Trophy coming to South Africa in the wake of the British and Irish Lions tour and the FIFA Confederations Cup,” said the 31-year-old prop forward.

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