Smith bows out with another low score for Proteas

THEY are left-handed opening batsmen at opposite ends of their careers.

Australia's David Warner blasted 543 runs in the three-Test series against South Africa, including three breathtaking centuries.

Proteas captain Graeme Smith, on the other hand, has retired after a series to forget. His team looked certain to lose the third and final Test in Cape Town overnight, and the 33-year-old could only manage a paltry 45 runs for the series, with a highest score of 14.

The Australian players put aside rivalry with Smith by forming a guard of honour for his final innings, like the South Africans did for Ricky Ponting in Perth in 2012. But 16 minutes and 11 balls later it was over, the skipper departing for just three to Mitchell Johnson for the fourth time this series.

Earlier, Warner had smashed 145 before skipper Michael Clarke declared, setting a target of 510.