Kevin Pietersen, who succeeds Michael Vaughan as England captain
Kevin Pietersen, who succeeds Michael Vaughan as England captain

Smith feels for Vaughan



COLOMBO // Graeme Smith has empathised with Michael Vaughan after celebrating South Africa's first Test series win on English soil for 43 years. Smith, 27, is one of the few men in history to have captained in more Tests than Vaughan, who quit the England job on Sunday after 51 games in charge. The pair first locked horns in the 2003 campaign between the sides and have learned the ups and downs of the job ever since. "The captain feels a little less pressure if he is performing well," said Smith. "There have been times when I have struggled and felt the pressure as a leader.

"To ask a lot of your players all the time when you're not performing well is a big thing. That has been the struggle over the years. There have been times when I have had to dig deep, I have had my tough moments but this year has been a great year so far, and it does help if you're scoring runs. It takes pressure off you." * PA Sport

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Key figures in the life of the fort

Sheikh Dhiyab bin Isa (ruled 1761-1793) Built Qasr Al Hosn as a watchtower to guard over the only freshwater well on Abu Dhabi island.

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Dhiyab (ruled 1793-1816) Expanded the tower into a small fort and transferred his ruling place of residence from Liwa Oasis to the fort on the island.

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Shakhbut (ruled 1818-1833) Expanded Qasr Al Hosn further as Abu Dhabi grew from a small village of palm huts to a town of more than 5,000 inhabitants.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Shakhbut (ruled 1833-1845) Repaired and fortified the fort.

Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoon (ruled 1845-1855) Turned Qasr Al Hosn into a strong two-storied structure.

Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa (ruled 1855-1909) Expanded Qasr Al Hosn further to reflect the emirate's increasing prominence.

Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan (ruled 1928-1966) Renovated and enlarged Qasr Al Hosn, adding a decorative arch and two new villas.

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan (ruled 1966-2004) Moved the royal residence to Al Manhal palace and kept his diwan at Qasr Al Hosn.

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