South African express pace bowler Anrich Nortje has been officially ruled out of the 3-match Test series against India starting next week, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Tuesday.
South Africa will take on India in the Test series which will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. It is their first series of this cycle and they needed their best bowler to take the field against the No. 1 ranked Test team.
Unfortunately, Nortje’s persistent injury issue surfaced once again and he can no longer be part of the Test series. CSA also confirmed that there will be no replacements brought in place of Nortje.
Cricket South Africa’s Statement On Anrich Nortje:
“He (Nortje) has unfortunately not recovered adequately for the expected Test match bowling loads and is currently consulting with specialists to manage and advise on his recovery. No replacement will be brought in,” the CSA said.
#Proteas Squad update
Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the 3-match #BetwayTestSeries due to a persistent injury
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 21, 2021
The 28-year-old Nortje has overshadowed South Africa’s star pacer, Kagiso Rabada, in recent times. In just 12 matches for the Proteas, Nortje has taken 47 wickets including three five-wicket hauls. Although his record against India is poor as he played in unfavorable subcontinent tracks, Nortje was expected to lead South Africa’s pace attack at home.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of pacers who can replace Nortje in the playing XI albeit at a lesser efficacy. Beuran Hendricks, Duanne Olivier, Sisanda Magala, and newly-added Glenton Stuurman have all displayed great potential.
South Africa’s Test squad:
Dean Elgar (c), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen. Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.
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