Cape Town: South African captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday defended opening bowler Vernon Philander's right to call for the reintroduction of the death penalty in South Africa.
Responding to public outrage at a spate of rapes and murders, including one in the small western Cape town of Bredasdorp, Philander tweeted: "Sickening to hear all the rape-murder cases taking place at the moment. Bring back the death penalty and see how these numbers drop."
"Grown men have opinions on different matters in life," said Smith. "We spend a lot of time together so many things are discussed. There has been a lot of campaigning around rape and murder and sorting out the crime in South Africa.