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07-Nov-2013 04:42:00 GMT
Pakistan v South Africa, 2013-14, UAE

Smith Out of Pakistan Series Over Head Injury

Abu Dhabi: South Africa withdrew former captain and opener Graeme Smith from the remainder of the one-day series against Pakistan, an official said Wednesday.

The 32-year-old suffered a blow on the head off a Pakistan's paceman Mohammad Irfan's bouncer during his epic 234 in the second Test in Dubai last month, a match which South Africa won to level the series 1-1.

He managed to play the first two one-days in the five-match series but was withdrawn before the third match played in Abu Dhabi on yesterday.

Team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Smith suffered post-concussion. "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 one-day in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing," said Moosajee.

Smith was replaced by left-handed opener Quinton de Kock in the third match while Henry Davids will fly in as replacement for the remainder of the one-days.

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