Having Nortje miss the World Cup is a major setback for South Africa.

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Published: 9/21/2023 7:26:11 AM
South Africa's Anrich Nortje in action against Australia on September 09, 2023. Photo: Reuters

South Africa's Anrich Nortje in action against Australia on September 09, 2023. Photo: Reuters

Both all-rounder Sisanda Magala and fast bowler Anrich Nortje were ruled out of the Cricket World Cup in India due to injuries, officials confirmed on Thursday. As a result, South Africa will be without both players for the competition.


All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo and seamer Lizaad Williams have been called up to fill in. South Africa will begin their campaign against Sri Lanka on October 7.

The loss of Nortje's exceptional pace is devastating. He suffered a back problem that prevented him from playing in the final stages of the team's recent 3-2 victory over Australia at home.

A knee injury has been a struggle for Magala.

"This provides an opportunity for Andile and Lizaad on the global stage," coach Rob Walter said in a Cricket South Africa media release.

"Both players have been part of our winter programs as well as having represented South Africa in the recent white-ball tour against Australia.

"They offer great skill sets and we're excited to have them complete the 15-player squad for this year's World Cup."

Phehlukwayo has played 76 One-Day Internationals but has been in and out of the side with inconsistent form since making his debut in 2016. He is known for his variations with the ball and as a strong lower order hitter.

Williams' only ODI appearance came against Ireland in 2021 when he took 1-62 in eight overs. He has played nine Twenty20 matches, including this month against Australia, and two tests.

South Africa have appeared in four World Cup semi-finals but have yet to lift the trophy.

Revised South Africa 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 and Lizaad Williams.

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