Anrich Nortje, South Africa’s fast bowler, has been released from the squad ahead of the second Test against the West Indies. The pacer experienced minor groin pain during the first Test in Centurion and has been ruled out of the second game as a precaution.
Anrich Nortje took 6/84 in South Africa’s 87-run victory in the first Test at Pretoria, including 5/36 in the first innings, as his terrifying fast bowling turned the tide in their favour. South Africa did not name a replacement, so one of their two available spinners—Keshav Maharaj or Simon Harmer, who was rested in the first game—is expected to return.
Because the Wanderers have taken many turns this season, the Proteas may plan an additional spin option in the form of either Keshav Maharaj or Simon Harmer. Wiaan Mulder, a seam bowling all-rounder, could play at home. Bjorn Fortuin of the Lions collected a match haul of 9/129 at the Wanderers last week to help his team defeat Western Province.