10 January 2021 last updated at 12:00 GMT
 
Graeme Smith to undergo surgery
Thursday 01 January 1970

South African Test captain Graeme Smith will undergo an arthroscopy on his knee on Friday after relaxing for a couple of days with his fiancé in Mauritius.

Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, confirmed on Thursday that Smith will be operated on in Cape Town. Smith also tweeted on Thursday that he was in hospital in Cape Town for the operation.

Cricket South Africa has said Smith's recovery period will be clear only after the procedure.

Smith injured his knee earlier during the Indian Premier League. Smith was a part of debutant IPL team Pune Warriors India.

The 30-year-old opener is set to lead South Africa in the Test series against Australia and Sri Lanka this year. The Proteas host Australia in two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s starting from October 13, followed by a three-Test and five-ODI series vs Sri Lanka.

Smith has stepped down as South Africa's one-day and T20 skipper, handing the captaincy to AB de Villiers.

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