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Morris heartbroken for Nortjie

Fri, 17th May 2019

Chris Morris of South Africa during the 2019 Cricket World Cup South Africa Media Day at the CSA Centre of Excellence, Pretoria on the 16 May 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The Proteas all-rounder has revealed that his first reaction to being called up for the 2019 World Cup was heartbreak, for fellow South Africa international, Anrich Nortje.

Nortjie will miss the world showpiece due to a fractured thumb, and it was due to his injury that Morris was called into the 15-man squad for the world showpiece that kicks-off in England later this month.

“Of course it was a bit of a shock to the system,” Morris told the media at Tuks’ High Performance Centre on Thursday.

“It’s never nice to see someone get injured, so my first reaction was actually being heartbroken for Anrich. For a guy to miss out on the World Cup because of a broken finger is never fun … or any injury for that matter.

“It’s really nice to be here. I’m not taking anything for granted. I’m going to enjoy every day here like I should," the 32-year-old concluded.

South Africa take on hosts England in the opening match of the tournament on May 30th.