Smith To Return to South Africa

Cricket - LV= County Championship - Division One - Day Two - Surrey v Sussex - Kia Oval

Surrey captain Graeme Smith will return to South Africa to undergo surgery on an ankle injury.

Despite issues with his ankle caused by a hard winter’s cricket for the Proteas, Graeme was determined to start his Surrey career and has already made a big impact at the club.

However, after scans this afternoon it has been determined that surgery is required and he will miss a few months of the English County season for Surrey.

Speaking this evening, Graeme Smith said: “To have to head home now, so early in my time at Surrey is very frustrating but I leave the team in a good place and hope to be back with them as soon as possible.”

Surrey Team Director Chris Adams said: “Graeme has made an impressive start as a leader and the squad have really responded to his leadership.

“It’s clearly disappointing for all, especially Graeme, but we wish him a speedy recovery.”

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