A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Graeme Smith to miss part of England series to witness birth of his child

Smith will more than likely be granted a leave of absence to be with his wife during childbirth

South African captain Graeme Smith has announced that he will miss part of the upcoming England series to be with his wife when she gives birth to their first child.

South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee, noted that Cricket South Africa will more than likely allow Smith to leave in the middle of the series.

“Cricket South Africa (CSA) will, in all likelihood, grant Graeme a leave of absence,” he said.

Smith, is set to return home after the end of the first Test, which starts on July 23 at the Oval, to be with his wife, but will return to England in time for the start of the second Test, which is to be played at Leeds on August 2.

Moosajee, stated that Smith’s absence should have no real affect on the team since he will be home from the break period between the first and second Test match.

Speaking exclusively to the daily Sportsday, Moosajee said: “The style of leadership (that coach) Gary (Kirsten) is trying to create is to divide the responsibility on as many shoulders as possible.”

When asked about how becoming a father would change Smith’s game, Moosajee said: “I think he’s looking forward to being a father and I think he’ll make a damn good one because he’s got the right value systems.”

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