South Africa skipper Graeme Smith 'on target' after ankle operation

Updated: 09 September 2013 20:23 IST

Smith had two pins inserted in his ankle to repair a stress fracture and has been in rehabilitation since May, but expects to be fit for the Proteas' two-Test series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates.

Johannesburg:

South Africa captain Graeme Smith says he's "on target" to play against Pakistan next month after a four-month layoff following surgery on his left ankle.

Smith had two pins inserted in his ankle to repair a stress fracture and has been in rehabilitation since May, but expects to be fit for the Proteas' two-Test series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates, which starts October 14. The countries also play five ODIs and two Twenty20 games.

The left-handed opener told the South African Press Association he now needed to start batting again after his break "to get back the skills I will need for October."

South Africa hopes to have allrounder Jacques Kallis and fast bowler Dale Steyn available again alongside Smith after they also missed the recent Sri Lanka tour.

Topics : Cricket Graeme Smith South Africa
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