Africa suffer major setback ahead of series against Team India, star bowler dropped from team

New Delhi: The South African team has suffered a severe setback ahead of the Test series against India starting December 26. Pacer Anrich Nortje will miss the three-Test series against India. Anrich Nortje was struggling with injury even before being selected by the Test team, but Nortje could not fit before the Test match, forcing him to be dropped from the South African team.

Mentions that Anrich Nortje is a key bowler in the South African team. Together with Kagiso Rabada, he has led South Africa to success on several occasions. A statement issued by Cricket South Africa said Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the 3-Test series against Team India due to his earlier injury. No other player's name will be announced in place of Nortje due to Covid-19.

New variant 'Omicron' patients of coronavirus are more in South Africa, so both teams are living in a tough bio-bubble. Anrich Nortje has taken 25 wickets in 5 Tests this year. The 28-year-old Nortje has been battling her fitness for quite some time. Nortje has played 12 Tests for South Africa so far, taking 47 wickets. Nortje made her Test debut against India in Pune in 2019.

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