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Nortje, Magala ruled out of World Cup

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Anrich Nortje of South Africa during the 2023 Betway One Day International Series 1st match between South Africa and Netherlands at the Willowmore Park, Benoni on the 31 March 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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.

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.

Sisanda Magala of South Africa during the 2023 Betway One Day International Series 1st match between South Africa and Netherlands at the Willowmore Park, Benoni on the 31 March 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

 

 

 

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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