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South Africa’s Anrich Nortje, Sisanda Magala to bear health checks to find out availability for World Cup

Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala will bear health checks this week to find out their availability for the ODI World Cup. They have been named in South Africa’s preliminary 15-member squad for the match, however performed just one fixture every of the five-match ODI sequence in opposition to Australia, earlier than sustaining lower-back and left-knee accidents respectively. A closing name on their inclusion might be taken earlier than South Africa depart for India on September 23 with early indication that they’re each susceptible to not making the journey.
“We’re frequently taking inventory as to the place each of these gamers are,” Rob Walter, South Africa’s white-ball coach mentioned following the group’s 3-2 sequence win over Australia. “The truth that they weren’t enjoying at present with every week to go earlier than we board the airplane for the World Cup is clearly a trigger for concern. We’d have wished them on the market. There are problems round taking gamers which are injured right into a World Cup as a result of then it’s important to present a medical motive to be swapped out.”
If Nortje’s absence is confirmed, it is going to be a serious blow for South Africa as he’s their quickest bowler, with substantial expertise in India, the place he performs for Delhi Capitals within the IPL. Nortje performed within the Main League Cricket match in USA over the South African winter and was rested for the T20Is in opposition to Australia. He was then dominated out of the primary ODI however performed the second. He managed to bowl solely 5 overs earlier than leaving the sector. He missed the third sport after he was despatched for scans and was then dominated out of the sequence, however was on account of start bowling once more with the teaching employees this weekend.
Magala’s problem additionally seems critical. He had not performed any cricket since splitting the webbing in his hand on the IPL in early April and was subsequently dominated out of the T20Is in opposition to Australia with infrapatellar tendinopathy – ache within the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. He performed within the third ODI in opposition to Australia, the place he bowled 4 overs, and has since skilled discomfort within the knee once more.
Ought to both Nortje or Magala be dominated out of the World Cup, South Africa are more likely to name up Andile Phehlukwayo, who has made his method again regardless of dropping his nationwide contract earlier this 12 months.

Phehlukwayo performed within the second and fifth ODIs in opposition to Australia. Whereas he didn’t make a lot of an impression within the first sport, he scored 38 off 19 balls to complete the innings strongly within the sequence finale after which took 1 for 44.

“Andile is one in all a few guys who’re a part of a broader squad and at present he confirmed us, particularly with the bat, what we have now seen when it comes to his functionality,” Walter mentioned. “That knock, you may have a look at it, and say it was match influencing. A complete of 270 appears to be like totally different to a complete of 315 and he was a large role-player in that. He took an necessary wicket with the ball as properly. I’m very completely happy that Andile was in a position to ship that efficiency at present.”

South Africa’s conundrum might be what to do if each Nortje and Magala are dominated out of the World Cup, particularly as Kagiso Rabada skilled ankle discomfort and needed to sit out the ultimate ODI. There are different niggles among the many back-ups. Wayne Parnell – not a part of the World Cup squad – is nursing an elbow harm after additionally choosing up a shoulder niggle and has not performed for his home aspect, Western Province, however ESPNcricinfo understands he’s recovering properly from each. One other candidate is Lizaad Williams, who performed within the T20I sequence however has only one ODI cap to his title and doesn’t have Nortje’s tempo or Magala’s death-bowling repute. “Lizaad is a part of the T20 group and that is actually it,” Walter mentioned.

Walter additionally talked about left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin, although calling him up would change the make-up of South Africa’s squad, which is closely reliant on quick bowlers.



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