<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/South-Africa/">South Africa</a>'s tearaway pacer <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Anrich-Nortje">Anrich Nortje</a> has been ruled out of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2">2019 ICC Cricket World Cup</a> due a fractured sustained in his right thumb in the nets and allrounder <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Chris-Morris">Chris Morris</a> has been named as his replacement. <p></p> <p></p>Nortje, 25, will need six to eight weeks to make a full recovery according to SA team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee. <p></p> <p></p>"Anrich sustained a fracture to his right thumb during a net session in Port Elizabeth on Monday. He immediately consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery to stabilise the joint and will unfortunately be side-lined for up to eight weeks. This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men s Cricket World Cup. <p></p> <p></p> It is an unfortunate and freakish injury, especially because he had made a successful recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka. He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year but knowing Anrich s character, he will be motivated to come back stronger. We wish him a speedy recovery. <p></p> <p></p>All-rounder, Chris Morris, has been named to replace Nortje in the squad. The 32-year-old Morris last played an ODI for South Africa in February 2018, but brings with him an X-factor appeal as well as depth with the bat. <p></p> <p></p>Commenting on the decision, Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel convener, Linda Zondi said: Chris has always been in our plans and is our next best option with the ball, he explained. He has the pace and death-bowling skills which will be vital in the UK, and also gives us that depth as a deadly finisher with the bat. We have had concerns around his injuries and workload capabilities but this is an opportunity for him to make a mark on the biggest stage. Admittedly, the injuries ahead of the tournament have been frustrating but I continue to have confidence that the players we have selected will make the country proud. <p></p> <p></p> It is unfortunate what has happened to Anrich, he is a talented player with exciting potential. We wish him well on his road to recovery and have no doubt that he will bounce back to fulfil his potential, he concluded.