9 Jan 2009

Graeme Smith to hold off on surgery

12:13 pm on 9 January 2009

The South African cricket captain Graeme Smith plans to hold off surgery for a chronic tennis elbow injury until after leading the Proteas in next month's home test series with Australia.

Smith has returned to South Africa from Australia where the Proteas beat Australia in an away Test series for the first time.

He says he will see a surgeon on Saturday to discuss the best course of action.

Smith says it's a matter of resting the elbow and then finding a window of eight to 12 weeks so he can have surgery.