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Smith Withdrawn From ODI Series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South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from the rest of the One-Day International series against Pakistan due to the after-effects of a blow to the head during the second Test.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

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