The Castle Lager Proteas’ management has withdrawn opener, Graeme Smith, from the remainder of the current ODI series against Pakistan after he was diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome. Smith was hit on the right temple on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan by a Mohammed Irfan bouncer.
Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: “Graeme was symptom free after the blow except for a mild headache and tests at the time allowed him to continue playing. However, seven days post-injury, during the second ODI in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing.
“The MRI Scan was clear, however it is in keeping with the assessment of Post-Concussion Syndrome, which is usually a clinical diagnosis. Post-Concussion Syndrome can be described as a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have experienced a minor traumatic brain injury otherwise known as concussion.
“Graeme will leave the tour on Thursday, and has been advised a rest period of at least two weeks by the medical team. He will continuously be monitored in the interim.”
AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to bat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday. The Proteas have made three changes to their team for the match, with Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Quinton de Kock featuring in the XI. De Kock makes his 8th appearance for South Africa and will keep wicket, while Wayne Parnell is unfortunate to miss out after two solid performances in the opening matches.
Unlimited Titans batsman, Henry Davids, will join up with the squad as cover on Friday, a day earlier than the rest of incoming T20I players.
South Africa XI (batting order): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Imran Tahir.