Smith back to bolster Proteas

June 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm Leave a comment


Graeme Smith will be fit and ready to lead South Africa in next month’s three-Test series against England after fully recovering from his ankle problem.

The batsman had been a doubt for the series in England, which will hand South Africa the chance to climb above the hosts and claim the number one spot in the Test rankings.

Smith seems to find his best form when playing in England, averaging 72 with the bat, and his availability for the Proteas will boost their chances of establishing themselves as the world’s best Test side.

It means head coach Gary Kirsten can keep the same squad from the successful series against New Zealand in March.

Those that watch live cricket online will tell you that he 31-year old has been a major part of the side for over a decade now, and that he still looks capable of scoring runs on the Test stage.

Smith has been joined in the team by a number of exciting young stars, with many believing the South African side could inflict England’s first home series defeat since 2009 – when Smith’s team last toured England.

Chairman of selectors Andrew Hudson confirmed the news that Smith would be fit and ready, admitting the squad would head to England confident of achieving their targets and defying cricket bets.

“Graeme has been outstanding both as our leading runs scorer and as captain during our last two Test tours of England and I have every confidence he will continue that form,” said Hudson.

“We are now building up excellent depth in both the batting and bowling departments. Consistency has also been one of the key pillars of our selection policy and this is also contributing to our success on the field.”

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