Walter: Nortje not ‘very far away’ from returning to his best

Anrich Nortje is nearing his best form, says South Africa’s white-ball coach Rob Walter, despite challenging figures post-injury. Nortje missed play from September 2023 to March 2024 due to a stress fracture, including the ODI World Cup. Since his return, he has taken nine wickets in 40 overs across 11 T20 games but with a high economy rate. Walter remains optimistic, highlighting Nortje’s raw pace and resilience, expecting him to be impactful in the upcoming T20 World Cup​ (Cricket Addictor)​.

Anrich Nortje was chosen for South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad over Lungi Ngidi due to his raw pace, despite Ngidi’s effectiveness and variations in the CSA T20 Challenge.  todaymatchprediction Coach Rob Walter emphasized Nortje’s ability to deliver speeds over 150 kph and his development of slower balls. Walter believes Nortje’s main role is to take crucial wickets and close out games. For slower deliveries, South Africa will also rely on Ottneil Baartman, who impressed in his debut against West Indies but had a recent injury​
Ottneil Baartman is bringing valuable pace variation to South Africa’s attack. Coach Rob Walter praised Baartman’s recent performances, highlighting his ability to bowl effectively in challenging game phases. Walter also mentioned Tabraiz Shamsi, who is recovering from a niggle and has been practicing in the nets. Due to logistical challenges, South Africa’s scheduled warm-up match was cancelled, leading the team to conduct intra-squad scenario training before facing Sri Lanka on June 3 in New York. South African players have also been active in the IPL, ensuring they remain match-fit​