Injured South African captain Graeme Smith will supposedly have fully recovered in time for his side's first Test against India at Centurion on Dec 16th. Smith, who had fractured his ring finger on the left hand during the recently-concluded series against Pakistan, was thoroughly examined by a hand surgeon of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Medical Panel on Friday, who gave a positive prognosis. Earlier, there were worries that the injury might require surgery to put it right, but those concerns quickly dissolved with simply a little physiotherapy to suffice.
"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 Shuaib Manjra, the chairman of CSA's medical committee, said in a statement.
CSA's medical team will continue treating and rehabilitating Smith and his condition will be reviewed again a fortnight's time. According to Dr Manjra, the expectation is "he will begin training with the team when they reconvene on December 12, 2010."
Smith received the injury when he was struck by a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer in the first ODI against Pakistan last month, and aggravated it by participating in the final two ODIs of the same series and in the Test series that followed in the UAE. He has now had five different hand injuries in the past two-and-a-half years, which have often kept him out of limited-overs encounters but have not affected his role in Tests.