Smith, Steyn declared fit

The Proteas will welcome back skipper Graeme Smith and fast bowler Dale Steyn in the two-day match against Western Australia.

Smith (elbow) and Steyn (hamstring) have been given the green light after missing Thursday’s warm-up game through injury. Paul Harris, who has recovered from a thumb injury, is also included with JP Duminy, Robin Peterson and Monde Zondeki bowing out.

Morne Morkel suffered an ankle sprain in Thursday’s game but may yet feature in the the fixture on Friday and Saturday.

“It is too early to make a call on the next step in his treatment,” said Proteas physiotherapist Shane Jabaar. “Fortunately we got him off the field straight away before the injury could get any worse and applied an ice pack. We will have a better idea of his condition in the morning once the swelling has had the chance to subside.”

“At this stage he is not considered a doubt for next week’s first Test match.”

Mickey Arthur says the loss to WA in a 50-over game must be viewed in context as South Africa were preparing for the Test next Wednesday.

“I thought we got as much out of the game as we could expect,” Arthur said. “Two players [Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis] had lengthy innings which meant that others had to miss out in a 50 overs game. However, we will counter this by moving Ashwell Prince and AB de Villiers up to Nos. 3 and 4 when we get to bat in the next match.

“All of the bowlers had a couple of spells and the exercise was much better than spending an extra day in the nets.”