SA suffer huge setback as injured pacers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala are ruled out; Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams named replacements
Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala. Pics/Getty Images, AFP
South Africa were dealt twin blows weeks ahead of the ODI World Cup after injured pacers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala were ruled out of the tournament in India, head coach Rob Walter said on Thursday.
Bowling all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and seamer Lizaad Williams have replaced the duo in the World Cup-bound squad.
“It’s hugely disappointing for Anrich and Sisanda to be missing out on the 50-over World Cup. Both are quality players that add immense value to the Proteas,” Walter said.
“We sympathise in their omission and will continue to provide all the necessary support as they work towards their return to competitive action,” he added.
Nortje has a lower back injury. The 29-year-old seamer experienced back spasms during the second ODI against Australia and underwent assessments and scans.
Magala, on the other hand, has a left knee problem. Both Nortje and Magala were part of South Africa’s initial 15-member squad for the marquee event.
However, with the South African team set to leave for India on Saturday, both players failed to recover in time for the World Cup, forcing the team management to name replacements. “This provides an opportunity for Andile and Lizaad on the global stage. Both players have been part of our winter programs as well as having represented South Africa in the recent white-ball tour against Australia,” Walter said. “They offer great skill sets and we’re excited to have them complete the 15-player squad for this year’s World Cup.”
Nortje’s injury is a major blow for South Africa as he is one of the quickest bowlers in world cricket at the moment and has substantial experience playing in India. His express speed and ability to generate bounce makes him a valuable asset for the Proteas in all formats of the game.
Phehlukwayo is a like for like replacement for Magala. He showcased his batting prowess in the final ODI against Australia.
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