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Injured Nortje ruled out of second Test against WI

He was suffering from "mild groin discomfort" following South Africa's win at Centurion; no replacement named

Firdose Moonda
Firdose Moonda
06-Mar-2023
Anrich Nortje's absence leaves South Africa with only three seamers for the Wanderers Test  •  Gallo Images/Getty Images

Anrich Nortje's absence leaves South Africa with only three seamers for the Wanderers Test  •  Gallo Images/Getty Images

Anrich Nortje has been ruled out of the second Test against West Indies due to "mild groin discomfort," following South Africa's win at Centurion. No replacement has been named in the squad which leaves South Africa with only three specialist seamers: Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen, allrounder Wiaan Mulder and a trio of spinners to choose from at the Wanderers.
Senuran Muthusamy played as a batting-allrounder at SuperSport Park but with Nortje ruled out, Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer will also come into contention for the XI. South Africa could also give the spot to Mulder, who last played a Test tin England or include an extra batter in the second Test, with Ryan Rickelton the most obvious choice.
The first Test was also the final one for bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, who was the only member of the support staff from the Mark Boucher era to carry over into Shukri Conrad's tenure. Langeveldt is taking up a role with Punjab Kings at the IPL and will be replaced by former Warriors coach Piet Botha in the national set-up. Langeveldt was due to be involved with the national squad for this entire Test series but has been released for personal reasons.
South Africa won the first Test by 87 runs thanks largely to a century by opening batter Aiden Markram, who was making his comeback to the side after being dropped in England. The matches are part of the World Test Championship but after defeats in England and Australia, South Africa are not in contention for the final.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent for South Africa and women's cricket