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Chris Morris replaces Anrich Nortje in South Africa World Cup squad

A freakish hand injury suffered in training forced the 25-year-old out of the 15-man group for the tournament starting on May 30

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Anrich Nortje has been replaced in the South Africa squad for the World Cup by allrounder Chris Morris after suffering a hand injury in training.

The 25-year-old was named in the 15-man group after playing just four times for the Proteas in the series against Sri Lanka.

But Nortje will miss the showcase event, which starts against England on May 30, due to a "freakish" broken thumb.

"Anrich sustained a fracture to his right thumb during a net session in Port Elizabeth on Monday," said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

"He immediately consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery to stabilise the joint and will, unfortunately, be sidelined for up to eight weeks. This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. 

“It is an unfortunate and freakish injury, especially because he had made a successful recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka. 

"He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year but knowing Anrich’s character, he will be motivated to come back stronger. We wish him a speedy recovery.” 

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Morris, who himself has only played four one-day internationals, has been enlisted as Nortje's replacement. His quartet of outings have seen him take eight wickets at 18.75 and score just eight runs.

“Chris has always been in our plans and is our next best option with the ball,” said Cricket South Africa selector Linda Zondi.

“He has the pace and death-bowling skills which will be vital in the UK, and also gives us that depth as a deadly finisher with the bat. 

"We have had concerns around his injuries and workload capabilities but this is an opportunity for him to make a mark on the biggest stage. 

"Admittedly, the injuries ahead of the tournament have been frustrating but I continue to have confidence that the players we have selected will make the country proud.

“It is unfortunate what has happened to Anrich, he is a talented player with exciting potential. We wish him well on his road to recovery and have no doubt that he will bounce back to fulfil his potential."

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