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Smith injury adds to South Africa woes

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2008, 11:14 [IST]
 
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SA skipper Graeme Smith, who is down with tennis elbow, unlikely to feature in third one-dayer at the Brit OvalLondon: South Africa, who suffered three back-to-back defeats against England, likely to lose the services of skipper Graeme Smith for the all-important third one-dayer after the in-form opener incurred a tennis elbows injury.

Smith is extremely doubtful for Friday's encounter, one the tourists must win to retain hopes of a victorious campaign.

The 27-year-old played through the pain in England's opening successes at Headingley Carnegie and Trent Bridge, and admitted after yesterday's crushing defeat in Nottingham that he should have rested the injury.

All-rounder and senior pro Kallis is expected to lead the Proteas at the Brit Oval despite quitting the vice-captaincy last year after being dropped from the Twenty20 squad.

Kallis has captained South Africa in seven one-day internationals - filling in for Smith in two separate stints in 2006 and 2007 - and experienced wicketkeeper Mark Boucher promoted his colleague as the one to lead in the current series.

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