Big blow for South Africa, two leading fast bowlers out of CWC23

South Africa have suffered a major setback ahead of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign, with injury concerns turning into their worst nightmare.

South Africa will be without Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala at the World Cup after both failed to pass fitness tests. While Nortje was named in the initial 15-man squad, both players failed to recover after the home series against Australia

The fast bowler, who also missed the 2019 World Cup due to a thumb fracture, has a wealth of experience in Indian conditions and is one of the fastest fast bowlers in world cricket today.

His absence is a major blow for the Proteas ahead of the multi-team event in India, where they will be aiming to win the Cricket World Cup for the first time.

Nortje could not play the first ODI against Australia after being rested in the T20 series. He returned for the second ODI and left after bowling only five overs. He was later ruled out of the series after scans.

Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizad Williams have been included in the team in place of injured fast bowlers. Phehlukwayo appeared in two ODIs against Australia and took one wicket in each.

In the series decider, he showcased his batting ability by scoring an unbeaten 38 runs in 19 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.

The fast bowling attack is still filled with five fast bowlers led by Kagiso Rabada. Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi and Gerald Coetzee are the other fast bowlers in the team.

Experienced left-arm quick Wayne Parnell, whose exclusion from the starting 15 was categorized as difficult by head coach Rob Walter, is struggling with an elbow injury and a shoulder injury.

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Commenting on the team, Walter said: “It is extremely disappointing for Enrique and Sisanda to miss the 50-over World Cup. Both are quality players who add immense value to the Proteas. We sympathize with his omission and will continue to provide all necessary support as he works towards his return to competitive action.

“This provides an opportunity for Andile and Lizard on the global stage. Both players have been part of our winter programs and also represented South Africa in the recent white-ball tour against Australia. He offers a great skill set and we are excited to include him in our 15-player squad for this year’s World Cup.

The team will leave for India on Saturday, September 23 and begin their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka in Delhi on October 7.

South Africa’s updated squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie Van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.