Home > News >

Graeme Smith ruled out of Champions Trophy due to ankle injury

Graeme Smith ruled out of Champions Trophy due to ankle injury

Graeme Smith, who is currently playing for Surrey, was to fly back to South Africa from England to have surgery on his ankle © Getty Images

Johannesburg: May 9, 2013

Graeme Smith will not be part of South Africa’s Champions Trophy campaign which begins from June 6 against India, after a chronic injury on his troublesome left ankle flared up on Wednesday (May 8), with scans in London revealing a stress fracture.

Smith, who is currently playing for Surrey, was to fly back to South Africa from England to have surgery on his ankle. The operation may keep him out for several months. No replacement for Smith has been announced yet.

“Graeme has been troubled by left ankle pain over the last few months and despite extensive treatment and physiotherapy, it has recently deteriorated significantly while playing for Surrey in England,” said the South Africa team manager, Dr. Mohammed Moosajee.

“He has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy and once he has seen an ankle specialist, we will have a clear indication on how long he will probably be out for,” said Moosajee.

Smith’s absence will leave South Africa considerably short on experience after Jacques Kallis, the veteran allrounder, had declared himself unavailable due to “personal reasons”.
 
A disappointed Smith said: “It’s a big blow for me personally to be missing out on the Champions Trophy next month. The ODI squad is creating something special and I was looking forward to being part of that family. I will no doubt be supporting from my living room and I know the players, under AB’s leadership will be giving all that they can during the tournament.”

Smith had missed South Africa’s last One-Day International against Pakistan at Willowmoore Park two months back with a problem in his left ankle.

The injury is also a jolt to Surrey with Smith being in good form at the top of the order. He captained Surrey in the county matches.

Thirty-two-year-old Smith has amassed 6,917 runs in 190 ODIs at an average of 39.07. His highest score of 141 was against England in the Champions Trophy at SuperSport Park in Centurion in 2009, a match which the Proteas lost.
 

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

Live Streaming: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mt Maunganui

Live Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui

Live Cricket Score: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: 1st Test sees disappointing crowd turnout

Virat Kohli spot-kicks raise money for charity in Indian Super League

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

Joginder Sharma: When an over eclipses a career

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Bigg Boss 8 highlights: Contestants celebrate Diwali with Palak and Gutthi!

Xiaomi is migrating its international users’ data to improve service performance and strengthen privacy

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

WTA Tour Finals Singapore 2014: Serena Williams retains hopes of semi-final berth after trumping Eugenie Bouchard

David Warner strikes back for Australia after Sarfraz Ahmed’s ton lifts Pakistan to 454 in 1st Test

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Abhishek Bachchan, the surprise package in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surprises Chinese crowd by speaking seemingly good Mandarin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here