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Injured Nortje released from SA squad for 2nd Test

Published : 06 Mar 2023 08:35 PM

South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been released from the squad ahead of the second Test against West Indies. The pacer had felt mild groin discomfort during the first Test in Centurion and has been left out for the second game as a precaution.

Nortje picked a fifer in the first innings in Centurion and was one of the four fast bowlers that South Africa fielded in that game. With this injury, the home side have only three quicks in the squad - Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen as South Africa have not named a replacement.

They played Senuran Muthusamy as the spin-bowling allrounder in that fixture but will now have to pick an additional spinner between Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer.

Also released from the South Africa set up is bowling coach Charl Langeveldt due to family reasons. The West Indies series was meant to be the former pacer's last, as he was appointed as the bowling coach of IPL franchise Punjab Kings. The recently-concluded Centurion game thus became his final fixture as bowling coach of South Africa's Test team.