South Africa faced a massive blow ahead of the all-important ICC World Cup 2023. The 29-year-old fast bowler Anrich Nortje encountered lower back spasms during the second One Day International against Australia earlier this month and underwent specialized evaluations and scans.
Magala was a part of the recent limited-overs tour against Australia and was granted ample time to fully recover and participate. Ultimately, the decision was made that the potential risks associated with his inclusion in the squad exceeded the evident benefits he brings to the team.
The ICC World Cup is set to commence in India on October 5, 2023, featuring an opening match between England and New Zealand. South Africa’s journey in the tournament will start on October 7, as they face Sri Lanka at the renowned Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Walter has selected Hollywoodbets Dolphins allrounder Andile Phehlukwayo and Momentum Multiply Titans seam bowler Lizaad Williams for the final 15-player squad.
Commenting on the squad, Walter expressed, “It’s profoundly disappointing for Anrich and Sisanda to miss out on the 50-over World Cup. Both are talented players who contribute significantly to the Proteas. We empathize with their exclusion and will continue to offer the necessary support as they strive to make their comeback in competitive cricket.”
The team is scheduled to depart for India on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Here is the list of players representing South Africa in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023:
– Temba Bavuma (team captain, DP World Lions)
– Gerald Coetzee (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– Reeza Hendricks (DP World Lions)
– Marco Jansen (Dafabet Warriors)
– Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
– Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
– Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
– Kagiso Rabada (DP World Lions)
– Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans)
– Rassie van der Dussen (DP World Lions)
– Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans).