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Graeme Smith recovering well from ankle surgery

South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has started his rehabilitation programme after undergoing surgery on his left ankle three weeks ago.

Greame Smith

Medical team is satisfied with the progress that he has made after a successful surgery, which puts him on track to be fully fit for the South Africa’s tour to the UK in July.

“Graeme has responded well to the surgery on his ankle and started with his rehabilitation programme this week,” South Africa Team Manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

“His rehabilitation will start off very lightly with the physiotherapist in Cape Town, and will become more rigorous as the weeks progress before he can start with cricket specific training towards the end of May.

“We are very pleased with the progress he is making and at this stage he is on target to be fit for the tour to England.”

Smith is in line to play his 100th Test for South Africa and should also pass Allan Border’s 18 year-old record of most Test matches as captain which currently stands at 93.

Smith said “It was slightly frustrating for me after the surgery because I had to move around in a cast so it’s good to be back on both feet again.

“The ankle is still a bit painful but I’m working hard with the physio and hopefully I will be holding a cricket bat soon.

“The tour to England is an important one for the Proteas and I’m confident that I will be 100% fit and able to lead the team by then.”

Lasith Malinga set to return to Mumbai Indians

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has recovered from his back injury and will rejoin Mumbai Indians on April 25.

Malinga

Malinga had flown to Sri Lanka on the morning of April 16 for rest and treatment for back soreness.

Malinga, who last played for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals on April 11, could play Mumbai Indians’ match against Delhi Daredevils on April 27, or against Deccan Chargers on April 29.

Stuart Broad ruled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has been ruled out for three more weeks, including the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012.

Stuart Broad

Broad, who is contracted to Kings XI Punjab, will continue his rehabilitation from a right calf strain sustained during England’s recent tour of Sri Lanka.

“Stuart Broad has been ruled out of all cricket for three further weeks, including the current Indian Premier League, in order to continue his rehabilitation from a right calf strain sustained during England’s recent tour of Sri Lanka,” an ECB statement said.

Broad will be assessed regularly over the coming weeks with a view to returning to cricket with Nottinghamshire in early May.

Finger still not looking good: Sachin Tendulkar

Mumbai Indians’ Sachin Tendulkar hinted Monday that he would need some more time to recover from his finger injury.

Tendulkar was injured by a short pitched delivery from Doug Bollinger during Mumbai Indians’ opening IPL match against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

“Finger still not looking good. Had to aspirate blood from my finger twice in 4 days,” Tendulkar tweeted.

Tendulkar has also posted a picture of his injured finger on Twitter.

Tendulkar, who had missed the match against Pune Warriors, is also not playing against Deccan Chargers in Visakhapatnam.

Graeme Smith ruled out of IPL 2012

South African opening batsman and Test captain Graeme Smith will miss the fifth edition of the IPL which begins on April 4th.

Graeme Smith

Smith will undergo surgery on his left ankle, which has been troubling him with chronic pain over the last two months.

The decision comes after consultation with Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) ankle specialist, who detected an impingement syndrome of the ankle and recommended surgery.

South Africa Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosjee said, “Graeme went to see CSA’s ankle specialist in Cape Town this weekend and he confirmed that the best management of the chronic pain in his ankle is surgery.

“The recovery period after such a surgery usually takes 8-10 weeks, and he will subsequently not be able to represent Pune Warriors at the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India.”

The surgery will be performed next Tuesday, in order to allow for sufficient recovery and rehabilitation ahead of the Proteas’ tour of England in July.

Smith, who was picked up by Sahara Pune Warriors in last year’s auction, expressed his disappointment.

“I’m very disappointed to be missing out on the IPL this year,” Smith said.

“I was looking forward to my second season with Pune Warriors, especially after my knee set me back last season.

“I would like to wish them all of the best this year, I’m sure the new management and exciting new signings will be a positive boost for the side.

“My ankle has been troubling me for some time so it will be a relief to have it repaired, especially looking ahead to the crucial year of cricket ahead.”

Jesse Ryder to play in Indian Premier League 2012

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder is continuing his recovery back into cricket, and will take up his IPL contract with the Pune Warriors starting in early April.

NZC Chief Executive David White said that playing cricket was always going to be an important element in Ryder’s return to full health and fitness, and the IPL offered the opportunity for meaningful cricket to challenge Ryder accordingly.

“It’s really positive that Jesse has reached the point where here is ready to play competitive cricket again,” said White.

“He has clear expectations from NZC in terms of what is required from him to make a return to international cricket and playing in the IPL is a good first step.

“We are proud of the progress he has made and we will continue to support him through what has been a tough time.”

Ryder will have the support of his Manager Aaron Klee and clinical psychologist Karen Nimmo while in India.

“Jesse has been making steady progress over the past few weeks. While the IPL has clear challenges, and is a big step, I believe he’s ready to take it,” said Nimmo.

“Cricket is Jesse’s job and what he’s good at, so I was keen to see him return to the game as soon as practical, but only with the right structures in place.”

Aaron Klee has prepared a comprehensive support structure and has received the full support of the management at the Pune Warriors.

“Karen is travelling to India the day after Jesse and will continue her work with him there while I’ll be going over a little later to carry that work on,” said Klee.

“The extent and expense Jesse is going to in getting this right is significant. The IPL presents challenges and opportunities – no stone is being left unturned in our planning.

“The franchise has been wonderful and Jesse is desperate to perform on and off the field, and get his career back on track.

:We are also very grateful for the support of New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Wellington for their assistance and support. Also, Heath Mills has been incredible in his support as always.”

Pat Cummins to play for Australia Under-19 team

Australia test bowler Pat Cummins will join the Australia U19 squad for its International Quad Series starting in Townsville next week.

Cummins’ inclusion is part of a plan to re-introduce the 18-year-old to competitive cricket after a long injury lay-off due to a bone stress injury in his foot.

CA General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said, “Pat’s inclusion in the Australia U19 squad for the Quad Series in Townsville is part of his management plan to reintroduce him to competitive cricket while being able to closely monitor his workload.

“His progress will be assessed on a day-by-day basis throughout the series to ensure his overall program remains on track.”

CA Physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said, “Pat is at an advanced stage of his rehabilitation and we feel he will benefit from bowling in a competitive environment.

“He’ll be on a restricted program and is being taken to Townsville so we can continue his progression and introduce some competition time.

“He won’t play in every match or bowl his full allocation of overs, but will undertake a program that will allow us to carefully manage his involvement in the squad’s training and matches.”

The Quad Series, featuring Australia, England, India and New Zealand, will start next Thursday 5 April and continue until Sunday 15 April with matches played at Tony Ireland Stadium and Endeavour Park in Townsville.

It will be used as a key warm-up up event ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Queensland in August this year.

All matches are limited-overs using standard ICC One-Day International playing conditions.

Ross Taylor to undergo surgery

New Zealand captain Ross Taylor will have surgery today following broken ulna he sustained yesterday.

Taylor was struck on the left forearm while batting against South Africa and had to retire hurt on 18.

X-rays confirmed a break and after seeking the opinion of the orthopaedic surgeon it was determined that surgery was the best course of action.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Medical Director Ian Murphy said, “The specialist confirmed that the best management for the fracture of his left ulna would be to undergo surgery.

“This will give him the best opportunity to recover with the actual return date determined by the speed of his recovery from surgery.

“It is not anticipated he will be able to play within the next four weeks but this will depend on how quickly the injury has healed and Ross’s level of comfort.”

Taylor will not be able to take any further part in the current Test match.

Mitchell Marsh ruled out of CB Series after back injury

Allrounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day tri-series after suffering a lower back injury.

Mitchell, the younger brother of Shaun Marsh, complained of significant lower-back pain during Thursday’s training session at the SCG.

“Mitch complained of quite significant lower-back pain during yesterday’s training session at the SCG, ” Australian physio Alex Kountouris said.

“After assessing him and considering his age we organised scans in Sydney last night that have confirmed our suspicions of a lower-back bone stress injury.

“He will have further scans tomorrow in Melbourne to determine the extent of the injury, which will help outline the period of rest required from cricket.

“We expect that he will not play as a bowler for the remainder of this season but will be in a position to provide further information once we have the results of tomorrow’s scans.”

The National Selection Panel will announce in due course should a replacement player be required for the Brisbane ODI to be played on Sunday.

Lance Armstrong wishes Yuvraj Singh speedy recovery

Cycling great Lance Armstrong has sent a message to Yuvraj Singh, wishing him a speedy recovery and offering help in his battle against cancer.

Yuvraj, player of the tournament in India’s 2011 World Cup victory, is undergoing chemotherapy in the United States.

Yuvraj posted a photograph of Armstrong’s message on his Twitter account.

“I want you to know that the entire Livestrong team is here for you. We say it all the time, and truly believe in it. Knowledge is power, unity is strength and attitude is everything,” said the message from Armstrong.

“Please know that we are here to help you and your family in any way possible.”

Yuvraj tweeted that he is feeling “better” after receiving a message of support from Armstrong.

“Message from @lancearmstrong makes me feel better,” he said. “Thank you lance means a lot hope we can meet.”

Armstrong fought his way back from testicular cancer to reach the top in his sport. The 40-year-old has a record seven consecutive Tour de France titles to his credit.

Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 25, Armstrong battled hard to overcome the disease and eventually etched his name in cycling folklore.

The American is Yuvraj’s inspiration in his fight against his ailment.

Yuvraj has been reading Armstrong’s 2000 autobiography ‘It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life’ for inspiration.