1 Jan 2009

South Africa captain to miss one-dayers

5:45 pm on 1 January 2009

The South African cricket captain Graeme Smith will miss this month's one-day series against Australia because of an ongoing elbow injury.

Proteas coach Mickey Arthur says Smith has batted in enormous pain in the first two Tests of the three-match series against Australia, getting through on cortisone injections and scoring 48, 108, 62 and 75 to lead his side to an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.

Arthur has rated Smith only a "90 per cent" chance to play in Saturday's third Test against Australia.

Spinner Johan Botha will captain the one-day side and out-of-form Test opener Neil McKenzie will remain with the one-day side as a standby batsman.