South Africa received a major setback ahead of the second Test against the West Indies at Wanderers when the bowler anrich North He was ruled out due to injury.
With Anrich Nortje unavailable, South Africa will only have three closers for the Wanderers Test. He was suffering from “moderate groin pain” after South Africa’s Centurion win; he has not been appointed replacement.
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Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies due to a “minor groin strain” suffered during South Africa’s win at Centurion. No substitutes have been nominated in the squad, leaving South Africa with just three closers: Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee and Marco Jansen, with a spinner, all but guaranteed to play for the Wanderers.
Senuran Muthusamy batted and bowled at SuperSport Park, but with Nortje ruled out, Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer will also be considered for the XI. South Africa may also consider using an extra batsman in the second Test, with Ryan Rickelton being the obvious choice.
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South Africa has yet to name a replacement for Anrich Nortje:
Anrich Nortje took 6/84 in South Africa’s 87-run victory in the first Test in Pretoria, including 5/36 in the first innings when his frighteningly fast bowling turned the tide in favor of the home team. As South Africa decided not to call up a substitute, one of their two available spinners, Keshav Maharaj or Simon Harmer, who was rested in the first game, is expected to return.
The Proteas can plan for an additional spin option in the form of Keshav Maharaj or Simon Harmer because the Wanderers have had a lot of turns this season. Wiaan Mulder, a seam bowling all-rounder, could play on his home ground. Helping his team defeat Western Province last week, Lions spinner Bjorn Fortuin put up a total of 9/129 on the Wanderers.
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