A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Smith optimistic of return for South Africa in upcoming England series

Smith is confident that he will be fully fit when South Africa tour England in July

South African Test captain, Graeme Smith is likely to make his return in the upcoming series against England, after undergoing surgery on his left ankle.

Smith, has now started his rehabilitation program, and the team’s medical staff are pleased with the amount of progress he has made since going under the knife.

South African team manager, Mohammed Moosajee was quoted by Sports24 as saying: “Graeme has responded well to the surgery on his ankle and started with his rehabilitation programme this week.”

Moosajee also noted that Smith’s rehabilitation will start to become more vigorous, so that he can be fully fit in time for the England tour in July.

“His rehabilitation will start off very lightly with the physiotherapist in Cape Town, and will become more rigorous as the weeks progress before he can start with cricket specific training towards the end of May. We are very pleased with the progress he is making and at this stage he is on target to be fit for the tour to England,” Moosajee said.

Smith, is currently waiting to play his 100th Test match for South Africa, and is also on track to beat Allan Border’s 18 year old record of captaining the nation in 93 Test matches.

Smith, was extremely pleased with his progress, and said: “It was slightly frustrating for me after the surgery because I had to move around in a cast so it’s good to be back on both feet again. The ankle is still a bit painful but I’m working hard with the physio and hopefully I will be holding a cricket bat soon. The tour to England is an important one for the Proteas and I’m confident that I will be 100% fit and able to lead the team by then.”

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