New Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) today (August 18) announced the signing of 26-year-old South African pacer Anrich Nortje as replacement for England’s Chris Woakes.

Nortje was with the Kolkata franchise last season, but a shoulder injury cut short his chances of making an IPL debut.

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On joining Delhi Capitals, the right-arm fast bowler said, “I am excited to join the Delhi Capitals, a team that was the talk of the tournament last season. With its exciting mix of experienced and young players, and a stellar coaching line up, there is no doubt this is going to be a massive learning experience for me. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this opportunity.”

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Nortje made his Test debut in 2019 against India, and has to his credit, a total of 19 wickets from six Test matches, 14 wickets from seven ODIs, and two wickets from three T20Is.  Nortje, who was named as Cricket South Africa’s Newcomer of the Year for 2020, will be joining fellow South African Kagiso Rabada at Delhi Capitals.

England all-rounder Woakes was bought by DC in last year’s IPL auction for Rs 1.5 crore. However, he pulled out of this year’s tournament, earlier this year. He wanted to concentrate on international cricket.

IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.