Smith to meet surgeon Saturday

January 9th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Jan 9 (IANS) South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith, suffering from a chronic tennis elbow, will meet a surgeon Saturday.”It is really a matter of resting it, and then finding a window of eight to 12 weeks so that I can have surgery,” said Smith, his right hand in a cast upon his return from Australia.

“In the meantime, we will just be treating it and keeping it manageable.”

South Africa won the first two Tests and narrowly lost the third in Australia.

Smith, who broke his hand during the final match in Sydney, said he expected the return series in South Africa to be equally hard fought.

“We are going to need our guys to be fresh, and so we are going to have to manage our bowlers during the one-day series in Australia,” he said.

“We know that with Australia you have to earn every inch, and I think they have a lot of respect for us now. They know we never went away, and we pushed them all the way. I am really looking forward to being involved in the Test series back home.”

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