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Smith out, de Kock and Amla in

Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from the remainder of the ODI series against Pakistan.

FILE: Graeme Smith. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Graeme Smith has been withdrawn from the remainder of the One Day International series against Pakistan.

Smith was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome after being hit on the right temple by a Mohammed Irfan bouncer during the second Test.

Proteas Team Manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee says, "Graeme was symptom-free after the blow except for a mild headache. 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.

He said Smith had an MRI scan which confirmed the 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 [to have] a rest period of at least two weeks. He will continuously be monitored in the interim."

Quinton de Kock has replaced Smith for Wednesday's third ODI.

Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn are also back for the Proteas.

De Kock will keep wicket in the place of captain AB de Villiers.