ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: All rounder Chris Morris replaces injured Anrich Nortje in South Africa’s squad
South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a hand injury. All rounder Chris Morris has been called up as Nortje’s replacement. Chris Morris was ignored during the earlier selection for Cricket World Cup 2019 squad. South Africa have been dealing with many injuries, with Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn’s IPL stints cut short by back and shoulder problems, respectively.
Chris Morris hasn’t played an ODI game in more than a year, but he was part of the T20I squad that played against Sri Lanka in South Africa in March. All rounder is currently busy with Delhi Capitals in the IPL, for whom he has taken 13 wickets in nine matches this season.
National selection panel convener Linda Zondi said “Chris has always been in our plans and is our next best option with the ball, 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.
Anrich Nortje fractured his right thumb while practising in the nets and to make a full recovery, he will need six to eight weeks. This would have been Nortje’s first World Cup. ” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee 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.”
Updated South Africa’s squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), JP Duminy, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius,Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla