Smith set to rejoin Proteas squad for second England Test following birth of daughter

Updated: Jul 31, 2012, 18:02 PM IST

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Graeme Smith is all set to rejoin his teammates in time for the second Test match against England, after he flew back home to be present for the birth of his first child.

Smith returned to Cape Town last week after guiding the Proteas to a comprehensive innings victory against the world’s best Test team at the Oval, and arrived just in time to see his wife Morgan give birth to a daughter, Cadence.

The 31-year-old, whose place as captain was filled by AB de Villiers for a two-day game at Worcester, was due to return in time for the start of the second match of the three-Test series, which begins at Yorkshire ground, Headingley, on Thursday.

“It’s always good to have him back, the leader of our team. We’re looking forward to having him here again,” Sports24 quoted JP Duminy, as saying.

South Africa’s innings and 12-run victory against England was their first win at the Oval and came after an unbeaten first-innings triple century from Hashim Amla plus centuries from veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Smith himself.