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South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje has been injured. He is released from the squad ahead of the Second Test against West Indies. The pacer felt mild groin discomfort during the first Test in Centurion. He has been left out for the second game as a precaution.

Nortje picked a five-wicket haul in the first inningsĀ in Centurion. He was one of the four fast bowlers that South Africa used in that game. With this injury, the home side have been reduced to three quicks in the squad – Gerald Coetzee, Kagiso Rabada and Marco Jansen. South Africa have not named a replacement as yet.

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South Africa played Senuran Muthusamy as the spin-bowling allrounder in that fixture but will now have to pick an additional spinner between Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer.

Also released from the South Africa set up is bowling coach Charl Langeveldt due to family reasons. The West Indies series was meant to be the former pacer’s last, as he was appointed as the bowling coach of IPL franchise Punjab Kings. The recently concluded Centurion game thus became his final fixture as bowling coach of South Africa’s Test team.

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