Icc cricket world cup 2019 will kick off from May 30, and South Africa will play in the Opening encounter of CWC 2019 against England. But before the world, their start player Anrich Nortje ruled out from world cup 2019 due to injury.
Cricket South Africa National Selection Panel convener, Linda Zondi said:
“Anrich 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 sidelined for up to eight weeks. This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. 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 Lanka. 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 recovery.”
All-rounder Chris Morris named as the replacement of Anrich Nortje.
After adding Chris Morris in the world cup squad, Cricket South Africa selector Linda Zondi said: “Chris has always been in our plans and is our next best option with the ball,” he 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 stage.”
“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. It is 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 fulfill his potential,”
Currently, Chris Morris is playing for Delhi capitals in IPl12, and he is looking in good form.
Here is the South Africa’s world cup Squad (updated): Faf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock (wk), Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi