Graeme Smith ruled out of series

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Post-concussion syndrome has ruled opening batsman Graeme Smith out of the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Post-concussion syndrome has ruled opening batsman Graeme Smith out of the remainder of South Africa's ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Smith was struck on the head by a short delivery from fast bowler Mohammad Irfan during the second Test in Dubai last month.

Subsequent MRI scans showed no damage to the brain, and Smith played in the first two fixtures of the five-ODI series, scoring 20 and 14.

Wednesday, however, saw the veteran left-hander replaced in the XI by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for the third match – and probably the rest of the limited-overs leg.

"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 ODI in Dubai he started complaining of blurred vision which progressed to dizziness, unsteadiness on his feet and difficulty focusing," said team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee.

"The MRI scan was clear, however, it is in keeping with the assessment of post-concussion syndrome, which is usually a clinical diagnosis. Post-concussion syndrome can be described as a collection of symptoms that some people develop after they have experienced a minor traumatic brain injury otherwise known as concussion.

"Graeme will leave the tour on Thursday, and has been advised a rest period of at least two weeks by the medical team. He will continuously be monitored in the interim."

Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock replaced Smith in Wednesday's XI, while the uncapped Henry Davids will be added to the squad later this week.

The Proteas, meanwhile, have welcomed the return of opener Hashim Amla and fast bowler Dale Steyn. Amla was on paternity leave and Steyn rested for the first two ODIs.

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