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Smith looks forward to comeback

Proteas test captain, Graeme Smith talks about his road to recovery from an ankle injury.

Proteas test captain, Graeme Smith talks about his road to recovery from an ankle injury.

CAPE TOWN - Graeme Smith is working hard at making a comeback for the Proteas' next series.

Smith is currently undergoing rehabilitation after having ankle surgery in May.

The Proteas test captain was playing for county side Surrey in England at the time and was not able to continue.

The Proteas take on Pakistan in Dubai next month where they will play a two-test series.

Smith says he is slowly getting back to fitness.

"Being on crutches for 12 weeks takes a bit of time to get back into things - you've got to just go step by step. For me it's nice to have progressed to a point where I can start running a bit and being a little bit more active than I have been. Getting away from the smaller, harder exercises and into the bigger sort of things that make you feel like you're closest to playing again."

Smith says they don't have an easy start to the season.

"It's a tough challenge for us as a team to go to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and play Pakistan there. Especially the test side has had a long layoff - sort of five, six months away from cricket. To arrive in conditions that are pretty foreign, pretty hot and need to perform almost on the go, is going to be a challenge."