IND vs SA 2021: Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the three match test series

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IND vs SA 2021: Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the three match test series

Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match Test series against India due to a persistent ‘hip injury. CSA’s chief medical officer Dr. Shuaib Manjra told the media that Anrich Nortje is undergoing rehabilitation & will probably get fit for the ODI series against India starting in mid-January.

Anrich Nortje hasn’t bowled since the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 due to the hip injury & is still struggling with teh niggle. Nortje’s injury could prove expensive for the Proteas squad as he is their leading bowler in the longer format of the game this year. Nortje has taken 25 wickets from five tests at 20.76 in 2021. CSA hasn’t named any replacement for the pacer in the Test squad which includes seven other pacers.

Duanne Olivier might make a comeback to the squad after his return from the Kolpak system. Olivier is the leading wicket-taker in domestic first-class cricket by scalping 28 wickets at an average of 11.14. Olivier is likely to bowl along with Kagiso Rabada & Lungi Ngidi who hasn’t palyed competitive cricket in the last five months. Other options include Beuran Hendricks who has played one test match till now along with Glenton Stuurman and Sisanda Magala, both of whom are uncapped.

India tour of South Africa will begin with three-match test series starting from December 26. Meanwhile, the South Africa squad has already begun its preparations for the test series which will commence with the Boxing Day Test. On the other hand, the Indian contingent has reached Johannesburg & has started with their preparation for the crucial test series after completing their mandatory quarantine period.

IND vs SA 2021, South Africa Revised Test squad

Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Kagiso Rabada, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Keegan Petersen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Marco Jansen, Glenton Stuurman, Prenelan Subrayen, Sisanda Magala, Ryan Rickelton, Duanne Olivier.

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