Anrich Nortje thrilled to be heading to ICC World Cup
Warriors speedster Anrich Nortje believes the Proteas squad has enough variety in it to be a real threat at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales starting next month.
Nortje, who was the only Eastern Cape franchise player named in the 15-man South Africa squad released by Cricket South Africa on Thursday, made it clear that the team would be banking on their bowling attack as their trump card.
"It's a well-balanced squad. We've spoken about bowling teams out and that's (the squad) on par with what the captain and coach want. My role is probably to be the back-up. I think we can do it. We have a lot of experience and a lot of younger guys and some good allrounders," Nortje said on Thursday.
Nortjé is second in the bowling averages and third on the economy list for South Africa in ODIs in 2019 and is ready to prove his worth if handed an opportunity.
"Ja, it's very exciting and I'm really forward to it. It's a really an honour to be part of the system. I'm just looking forward to going to England and bringing the World Cup back home."
The 25-year-old seamer has been out of action for a month due to a shoulder injury.
"It's been a tough few weeks but the recovery had been good. I started bowling just over a week ago and it's been going better than expected. I'm really happy with how things have gone."
The World Cup runs from May 30 until July 14 and South Africa play the opening game of the tournament against hosts England at The Oval in London.
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis‚ JP Duminy‚ David Miller‚ Dale Steyn‚ Andile Phehlukwayo‚ Imran Tahir‚ Kagiso Rabada‚ Dwaine Pretorius‚ Quinton de Kock‚ Anrich Nortje‚ Lungi Ngidi‚ Aiden Markram‚ Rassie van der Dussen‚ Hashim Amla‚ Tabraiz Shamsi..