'Smith to be fit for India series'

Cricket South Africa Medical Committee Chairman Dr Shuaib Manjra said Smith is expected to be fully fit for the series after being examined by a hand surgeon on the CSA Medical Panel on Friday.

“We have been given the assurance that Graeme’s injury is healing within expectation and we are confident that he will make a full recovery and be available for the entire series against India,” Dr Manjra said in a statement.

Manjra said CSA’s medical team will continue with Smith’s rehabilitation and his condition will be reviewed again in two weeks’ time. He said the expectation is Smith “will begin training with the team when they reconvene on December 12.”

Smith had fractured the little finger of his left hand during the recently completed series against Pakistan.

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