After testing positive for Covid-19, Lungi Ngidi has been forced to withdraw from South Africa’s squad for the three-match ODI series against Netherlands at home. “He is well and in good spirits,” the CSA said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that Junior Dala has been called up to fill in for him. Another member of the fast-bowling unit, Lizaad Williams, will miss the series due to an intercostal muscle issue. Williams has yet to be replaced, and he is now getting therapy. The medical team from South Africa will keep in touch with both Ngidi and Williams to monitor their progress and, in Ngidi’s case, “his physical and mental well-being.”

Since the July series against Ireland, Ngidi has not played for South Africa. He was named in the T20 World Cup squad but did not play a game after missing the Sri Lanka tour in September due to personal issues.

Six of South Africa’s first-choice ODI players – skipper Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje – had been rested for the series, and Keshav Maharaj would head the team, which also marks Wayne Parnell’s return to international cricket.

Meanwhile, Zubayr Hamza and Ryan Rickelton are set to make their One-Day International debuts, while Khaya Zondo, Daryn Dupavillon, and Sisanda Magala have all returned to the side after missing the Sri Lanka series.

South Africa is also giving four members of the support staff, including fielding coach Justin Ontong, some time off after “back-to-back tours.” To replace Enoch Nkwe, who left before the T20 World Cup, the CSA has yet to hire an assistant coach. Since then, short-term specialist coaches have been used. Justin Sammons, the head coach of the North West provincial squad, has been retained as batting coach, while Ontong has been replaced by Dolphins coach Imraan Khan for this series.