Cape Town - The Proteas have been dealt a 2019 Cricket World Cup blow with the news that fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the tournament with a fractured hand.
Chris Morris has been named as his replacement in the squad.
It is a gutting moment for the 25-year-old Nortje, who had forced his way into the 15-man squad despite playing just four ODIs for the Proteas.
Nortje picked up a shoulder injury in an ODI series against Sri Lanka back in March, but seemed to be on track to make the World Cup.
On Tuesday, however, Proteas management confirmed that the speedster had been withdrawn from the squad due to a fractured hand.
sustained a fracture to his right thumb during a net session in Port Elizabeth
on Monday. He immediately consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery to
stabilise the joint and will unfortunately be side-lined for up to eight weeks.
This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup," Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee, said.
"It is an
unfortunate and freakish injury, especially because he had made a successful
recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri
"He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year but knowing Anrich’s
character, he will be motivated to come back stronger. We wish him a speedy
Morris, meanwhile, last played an ODI for South Africa in February 2018, but brings with
him an ‘X-factor’ appeal as well as depth with the bat.
"Chris has always been in our plans and is our next best
option with the ball," CSA convenor of selectors Linda Zondi explained.
"He has the pace and death-bowling skills
which will be vital in the UK, and also gives us that depth as a deadly
finisher with the bat.
"We have had concerns around his injuries and workload
capabilities but this is an opportunity for him to make a mark on the biggest
"Admittedly, the injuries ahead of the tournament have been frustrating
but I continue to have confidence that the players we have selected will make
the country proud.
unfortunate what has happened to Anrich, he is a talented player with exciting
potential. We wish him well on his road to recovery and have no doubt that he
will bounce back to fulfil his potential."