JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 28, Graeme Smith of South Africa during the South African Protea's team arrival press conference at O.R Tambo International Airport, ACSA Media Centre on March 28, 2012 in Johannsburg, South Africa Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

South African Test cricket captain Graeme Smith has made good progress in rehabilitation after undergoing surgery on his left ankle three weeks ago.

Cricket SA said in a statement that the Proteas' medical team was satisfied with the progress he had made after the successful surgery, putting him on track to be fully fit for the tour to the UK in July.

“Graeme has responded well to the surgery on his ankle and started with his rehabilitation programme this week,” said Proteas' team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

“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 said he was glad to be mobile again.

“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,” Smith said.

“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 percent fit and able to lead the team by then.” – Sapa