Wednesday 6 November 2013 

Smith Withdrawn From ODI Series

Graeme Smith, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee
Graeme Smith (right) will play no further part in the ODI series in the United Arab Emirates
© REUTERS / Action Images
 

South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from the rest of the One-Day International series against Pakistan due to the after-effects of a blow to the head during the second Test.

He was hit on the temple by a Mohammad Irfan bouncer during the second Test in Dubai and although he was fine to play on, he has subsequently been struggling with concussion-like symptoms and has been advised to rest for at least two weeks.

That means he is likely to miss the start of the recently-arranged series between South Africa and Pakistan which begins on 20th November.

"Graeme was symptom free after the blow except for a mild headache and tests at the time allowed him to continue playing," team manager Dr. Mohammed Moosajee explained.

"However, seven days post-injury, during the second ODI in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing.

"The MRI Scan was clear, however it is in keeping with the assessment of Post-Concussion Syndrome, which is usually a clinical diagnosis.

"Post-Concussion Syndrome can be described as a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have experienced a minor traumatic brain injury otherwise known as concussion.

"Graeme will leave the tour on Thursday, and has been advised a rest period of at least two weeks by the medical team. He will continuously be monitored in the interim."

Henry Davids will join up with the squad as cover for Smith while Quinton de Kock was drafted into the side for today's third One-Day International, along with Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first - live scores and commentary available by clicking here.

© Cricket World 2013

 
 
Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs