South Africa duo Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala’s World Cup chances are high hanging within the steadiness after each of them suffered accidents just some days earlier than the beginning of the marquee occasion. The thirteenth version of the ICC ODI World Cup is scheduled to begin on October 5 and each the gamers are in a race towards time to be match for the occasion.
Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala will endure health checks this week to find out their availability for the event. Earlier this month, each of them had been named in South Africa’s preliminary 15-member squad for the event. Nonetheless, they might play in just one match of the five-ODI collection towards Australia on account of accidents.
Whereas Anrich Nortje suffered a lower-back harm, Magala is down with a left knee harm. The Proteas will take a closing name on the pacers’ availability for the World Cup earlier than leaving for India on September 23. Whereas they’re nonetheless in rivalry to play the World Cup, their probabilities are usually not trying very vibrant in the meanwhile.
“We’re regularly taking inventory as to the place each of these gamers are,” Rob Walter, South Africa’s white-ball coach stated after the fifth ODI towards Australia.
“The truth that they weren’t enjoying at the moment with per 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 issues round taking gamers which are injured right into a World Cup as a result of then it’s important to present a medical cause to be swapped out,” he added.
Anrich Nortje’s absence to be a giant blow for South Africa:
In case Anrich Nortje fails to get better from the lower-back harm, it will likely be an enormous blow for South Africa who’re eyeing their first-ever World Cup title. The pacer is just not solely the most effective quick bowlers on the planet but in addition has ample expertise bowling in India due to his stint within the IPL the place he performs for Delhi Capitals.
He was rested for the T20I collection towards Australia and missed the primary ODI too earlier than returning to motion within the second sport. Nonetheless, he might bowl solely 5 earlier than strolling off the sector and didn’t play within the remaining three video games. Anrich Nortje was on account of start bowling once more with the teaching employees this weekend.
Magala can be trying extremely uncertain for the World Cup. The pacer was sidelined since early April after splitting the webbing in his hand on the IPL. He was then dominated out of the T20I collection towards Australia because of the knee harm earlier than enjoying within the third ODI the place he bowled solely 4 overs and skilled ache in his knee once more.
With Anrich Nortje and Magala trying uncertain for the World Cup, Andile Phehlukwayo is in rivalry to be added to the South Africa squad regardless of dropping his nationwide contract earlier this 12 months. The allrounder performed within the second and fifth ODIs towards Australia.
“Andile is one in all a few guys who’re a part of a broader squad and at the moment he confirmed us, particularly with the bat, what we’ve got seen when it comes to his functionality,” Walter stated.
“That knock, you possibly can take a look at it, and say it was match influencing. A complete of 270 appears totally different to a complete of 315 and he was a large role-player in that. He took an essential wicket with the ball as effectively. I’m very completely happy that Andile was capable of ship that efficiency at the moment,” he added.
South Africa are scheduled to open their marketing campaign within the World Cup on October 7 towards Sri Lanka in Delhi.