Smith suffers finger injury ahead of Eden Test

Graeme Smith suffered a finger injury while fielding during practice but the team management ruled out any serious problem.

updated: February 12, 2010 15:31 IST
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South African captain Graeme Smith suffered a finger injury on Friday, causing a scare in the tourists' camp ahead of a decisive Test match against India.

Smith hurt the little finger on his left hand during the team's fielding session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, where the second and final Test starts on Sunday.

"An MRI scan has confirmed that Smith has suffered ligament damage," team spokesman Michael Owen-Smith said in a statement.

"There is considerable swelling around the injury. But the medical team is confident that the swelling will subside in the next 24 hours."

Smith has advised 10 days rest but is still keen to play the second Test from Sunday.

A decision on Smith's availability for the match will be taken after he undergoes a fitness test on Saturday.

"Smith will put his finger to the test at Saturday s practice at Eden Gardens after which a decision will be taken on his fitness to play in the second Test," Owen-Smith said.

This is for the third time in last two years Smith is rocked by an injury. During IPL in April 2008, he had suffered a tennis elbow that had also forced him to sit out of three ODIs against England in the same year.

Later, Smith broke his hand in a Test against Australia in Sydney. He missed the subsequent ODI series and decided to delay the surgery on his injured tennis elbow until after the return series against the Australians at home last year.

Earlier, South African players had a three-hour long practice session. The visitors started the net session without fast bowlers Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell and the trio joined their team-mates later.

Having thrashed India by an innings and six runs, South Africa are 1-0 up in the two-Test series and they just need a draw in the Eden Test to reclaim the number one spot in ICC Test rankings.