South Africa have named their provisional squad for the 2023 ICC World Cup. Here is the full SA team list, with player news and injury updates. There were no major surprises in South Africa’s squad for the upcoming World Cup, to be hosted by India between October 5 and November 19, 2023.
South Africa face a major setback ahead of their 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup campaign with injury concerns turning into their worst nightmare. South Africa will be without Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala at the World Cup after the duo failed to clear a fitness test. While Nortje was named in the initial 15-member squad, both players failed to recover after the home series against Australia.
The quick, who also missed the 2019 World Cup with a fractured thumb, has a wealth of experience in Indian conditions and is one of the quickest fast bowlers in world cricket today. His absence is a major blow to the Proteas ahead of the multi-team event in India where they'll aim to secure a maiden Cricket World Cup win.
Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala have failed to clear the fitness test as South Africa continues to battle injury woes ahead of the 2023 World Cup. While Nortje was named in the initial 15-member squad, both players failed to recover after the home series against Australia. Nortje had missed the first ODI against Australia after being rested through the T20I series. He returned for the second ODI but bowled only five overs.
Temba Bavuma will lead the squad, and they have a deep batting line-up, boasting of Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and Reeza Hendricks. Of them, de Kock and Klaasen keep wicket.
South Africa begin their World Cup on October 7, with a match against New Zealand at Delhi, while their league stage ends with the clash against Afghanistan on November 10 at Ahmedabad. On October 21 and 24, they play twice in Mumbai, against England and Bangladesh.
South Africa had a very ordinary campaign in 2019, winning three of their eight decided matches to finish seventh. Of the first eight teams to get ICC Full Membership status, South Africa remain the only one to have never reached a men’s World Cup final.
Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.