Proteas fast bowlers, Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala, have been ruled out of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Nortje has a suspected low back (lumbar) stress fracture and will be under the care of a specialist team on the next steps in his recovery, said Cricket South Africa (CSA) in a statement.
The 29-year-old seamer experienced lower back spasms during the second One-Day International against Australia earlier this month and underwent specialist assessments and scans.
Magala was part of the recent white-ball tour against Australia and was given an opportunity for a full recovery and participation. It was ultimately decided that the risk associated with his inclusion in the squad outweighed his obvious value to the team.
Proteas limited overs head coach, Rob Walter, has named Dolphins all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and Titans seam bowler Lizaad Williams in the finalized 15-player squad.
🟡 #CWC23 TEAM UPDATE 🟢
White-ball head coach Rob Walter today confirmed that Anrich Nortje & Sisanda Magala have been ruled out of the @cricketworldcup in India 🇿🇦🏆
✅ Andile Phehlukwayo & Lizaad Williams
— Proteas Men (@ProteasMenCSA) September 21, 2023
The Proteas will depart for the World Cup on Saturday evening and will play a warm-up match against Afghanistan on Friday, the 29 of September.
Written by: Ntsako Mukhari