Smith ruled out for remainder of English county season

"The scans showed the fracture and it was non-negotiable, he had to go for this operation"

“The scans showed the fracture and it was non-negotiable, he had to go for this operation”

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Surrey captain Graeme Smith has been ruled out for the remainder of the county season after fracturing his right knee.

Smith, who used to be South Africa’s Test captain, will return home to undergo surgery.

It was also announced that his Proteas team-mate Hashim Amla will be joining Surrey on a month-long contract.

This isn’t the first time Smith’s county season has been cut short due to an injury as just last year he underwent ankle surgery and subsequently missed the majority of the season.

“He’s done his very best to play through a lot of pain,” Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart told BBC London. “He’s taken a lot of pain killers to get through the last 10 days or so.

“But the scans showed the fracture and it was non-negotiable, he had to go for this operation.

“You have to accept it, and the good thing is we’ve been able to get Hashim Amla over at short notice. Cricket South Africa have been excellent with their dealings and we’ll have him for the majority of June and then we’ll see where we are after that.”

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