During the year 2004 South Africa had a significantly less successful run in ODI cricket than they would have expected, with a 5–1 series loss to New Zealand and a 5–0 series loss to Sri Lanka.
The decision was criticised as it was felt that he had shown 'few leadership credentials': the Edgbaston match prompted Nasser Hussain to retire as captain of England, to be succeeded by Michael Vaughan.
having succeeded Shaun Pollock after the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
He was succeeded as captain of the ODI side by AB de Villiers after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
This outstanding run of form could have continued but for an unusual dismissal: in the third Test at Trent Bridge Smith, on 35, played back to Andrew Flintoff and trod on his stumps to be dismissed hit wicket.
Smith did not pass 20 again in the series as a galvanised England led by Vaughan won the match and fought back to draw the series 2–2, but Smith nonetheless finished the series with an aggregate of 714 runs at an average of 79.33, and was named player of the series (jointly with Flintoff).