South Africa will be able to call on in-form wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers for their Test series against Australia next month after his hand surgery was deemed a success.
The top-order batsman had to have a metal plate removed from his hand after it started to cause him pain, and there were concerns he would not be ready for the 12 February start at Centurion, but he will be good to go.
A statement from CSA read: "The surgery to remove a plate in AB de Villiers' left hand on Friday was a success. De Villiers fractured his hand during the IPL in 2011 after which he had a plate inserted to assist with recovery.
"The plate had started to cause discomfort and needed to be surgically removed.
"He will start with light rehab on Monday and is on track to be ready for the upcoming tour against Australia in February."