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Proteas skipper undecided about playing Kolkata Test

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Kolkata, Feb 13 (ANI): South African skipper Graeme Smith on Saturday said he would take a final call on his playing in the second Test match against India only after training and practice session.

The injury to Smith's little finger has made him a doubtful starter for the second Test match.

Addressing media ahead of the practice session, Smith said, "There is a fracture in one joint of the small finger on the left hand. It's really about dealing with pain from that perspective."

"Today, I would know if I can play a part in the game or not. I will try and train and see if I can get through. I will make a decision after training," added Smith.

The South African team had earlier, however, denied reports of Smith's finger fracture terming it as ligament damage.

Smith said, "I had an X-ray at the ground and then had an MRI late afternoon yesterday. The decisions were made by the doctors last night."

The 29-year old South African skipper further said the big question is how much one contributes to the team being captain of the side.

"That's the question you need to answer especially as a leader. Your objective is to contribute and be professional. You need to be able to compete at that level. So these are the things you need to answer going into the Test match," added Smith.

India's match against the Proteas in Kolkata will be important as India will look ahead to win the test and save its number one Test ranking that is at stake following an innings and six runs defeat in the Nagpur Test. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 17:59 [IST]
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