Nortje Pace bowler ruled out of South Africa’s Cricket World Cup
The South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje will not be participating in the India Cricket World Cup this year.
He was named in the Proteas’ provisional squad for the tournament, which begins on 5 October, but he is not fit enough to travel.
Nortje will now miss his second consecutive World Cup because of an ongoing back problem.
Another pacer, 32-year-old Sisanda Magala, has also been forced to withdraw due to injury.
In this month’s 3-2 win over Australia in the home one-day international series, both men played.
Nortje missed the 2019 World Cup due to a fractured thumb, and Cricket SA announced: “It was decided that his inclusion in the squad outweighed his obvious value.”
During the third ODI of the series against Australia, Magala was limited to bowling just four overs because of a knee injury.
All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and fast bowler Lizaad Williams have been drafted into South Africa’s 15-man white-ball squad to replace the injured players.
It was “hugely disappointing” to lose Nortje and Magala, but Walter added: “This provides an opportunity for Andile and Lizaad on the global stage.”
Against Sri Lanka in Delhi on Saturday, 7 October, South Africa begins its World Cup campaign.