Cape Town - Following surgery to his left ankle in May, Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith is optimistic he will be ready for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, starting on October 14.
"I had a stress fracture that had two pins put in.
"You just have to keep your head down and work towards recovery."
"After this week, I have three weeks of really hard graft ahead of me.
"The aim is to try and get more functional.
"I need to get home and work with the physio and start batting.
The Proteas last played a Test series in February, in South Africa, where they whitewashed Pakistan 3-0.
"The Abu Dhabi leg is going to be a tough one.
"Guys like (Saeed) Ajmal could be a factor.
"We need to train effectively, so when we get to the Test matches we can be confident in what we need to do."