Smith Back To Face Pakistan

Graeme Smith returns to South Africa's Test and ODI squads following ankle surgery
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Graeme Smith has been included in South Africa's Test and One-Day International squads for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Smith underwent ankle surgery earlier this year and also returning to the squad after injury is fast bowler Dale Steyn.

He, along with leg-spinner Imran Tahir and fast bowlers Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander, have been recalled to the ODI squad.

"We should have a definite picture on the status of Graeme’s recovery from surgery within the next two weeks," Cricket South Africa (CSA) Selection Convener Andrew Hudson said.

"We will obviously be monitoring Graeme’s condition very carefully and do not want to overload him too much during the early stages of his return."

Smith's last match was on 6th May, after which he was forced to cut short his stint with English county side Surrey due to a recurrence of an ankle injury which troubled him during the home series against Pakistan in March.

He then missed the Indian Premier League with a back injury and was forced out of the Champions Trophy as the left ankle injury flared up again.

His last international match was the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Durban in March while Steyn was rested for the Sri Lanka tour after suffering a side strain during the Champions Trophy.

The Proteas, albeit missing a number of key players including Smith, Steyn and Jacques Kallis, were well beaten during their recent limited overs series in Sri Lanka although Tahir and Parnell did enough to earn their places in a full-strength ODI squad.

Hudson added: "Both Imran and Wayne had good tours to Sri Lanka in the T20 series while we want to give Vernon the chance to show us what he can do. He and Wayne are both good lower-order all-rounders and have the ability to contribute significantly in the batting department as well.

"We have retained the 15-man Test squad that has served us so well over the past couple of years. They have impressed not just with the results but with the depth in the squad and a notable feature has been the manner in which players have put up their hands when we have had the inevitable injuries."

The first of two Tests against Pakistan begins on 14th October and the two teams will also play five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

The squad for the Twenty20 Internationals will be announced once the Champions League Twenty20 has finished in early October.

South Africa Test squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile

South Africa ODI squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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