Smith confident of overcoming injury

South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is concerned over his slow recovery from a knee injury ahead of Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal against Australia.

Smith batted in the nets on Monday and did light exercises under the supervision of team physiotherapist Shane Jabbar before applying an ice pack to the problem area.

”It hasn’t healed as quickly as I was hoping but I’m still pretty confident of getting on to the field on Wednesday,” he told a news conference on Wednesday.

Smith suffered the injury on his left knee while taking a catch to dismiss Kevin Pietersen in the nine-wicket Super Eights win over England last Tuesday.

”I had a full bat today [Monday] and a little bit of rehab,” he added.

Smith’s full fitness would be vital for South Africa as they bid to reach the Cup final for the first time by overcoming holders Australia, who are the only unbeaten side left in the tournament.

The seven-week tournament culminates with the final in Barbados on Saturday. — Reuters

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