South African batsman, wicket-keeper and One-Day International captain AB de Villiers has undergone a successful operation on his left hand.
The operation was carried out to remove a plate that had been inserted following a fracture in 2011 when he fractured the hand playing in the Indian Premier League.
The plate had started to cause discomfort and needed to be removed.
Following surgery, de Villiers will begin rehabilitation and is expected to be fully fit ahead of the upcoming Test and Twenty20 International series against Australia in February and March.
De Villiers has played 89 Tests, 154 One-Day Internationals and 51 Twenty20 Internationals for the Proteas.
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