Smith to consult with a hand surgeon

PROTEAS’ captain Graeme Smith will see a hand surgeon when he returns to South Africa on Thursday to assess the rehabilitation programme necessary and the time he needs to recover from the fracture he suffered to his left hand during the current series against Pakistan.

Scans have confirmed that Smith sustained an undisplaced fracture to the fourth Metacarpal of his left hand.

The injury occurred when Smith was dealt a blow to his hand by Shoaib Akhtar during the first One-Day International (ODI) against Pakistan three weeks ago. He has subsequently experienced swelling and discomfort during the second Test match against Pakistan.

“It is the same hand that was injured during the ODI Series against Pakistan three weeks ago,” commented team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee. “It was aggravated by the continuous wear and tear involved with fielding and batting and flared up while he was fielding during the current Test match.

“It will be a race against time to get him fit for the Test series against India,” added Dr. Moosajee. “Knowing our experiences with Graeme in the past we have said he would need a six-week lay-off and he was ready in four and other times we said three weeks and it took him longer.”-Cricket SA

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