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South African pacer Philander to retire after England series

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

24th Dec, 2019. 11:16 am
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South African pacer Vernon Philander announced to retire after the upcoming Test series against England. His announcement caused a shock to his fans.

South African pacer Vernon Philander’s retirement  will bring down the curtain on his international career.

“I feel that it is the appropriate time to conclude what has been an amazing journey,” Philander said in a statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA).

“My entire focus and energy at this time to help the Proteas beat England which I am really looking forward to.”

Former Captain of South Africa Graeme Smithpraised Philander’s cricket and his character.”One of the many things that have stood out for me with Vern is his character, his determination and the way that he has always been up for a fight and a challenge has shown the heart of the man,” Smith said.”I hope he can finish his final series for South Africa with the same character and flair that has become synonymous with him.”

Philander Profile

Philander made his Proteas debut in a one-day-international in 2007.

He came to worldwide prominence four years later in Cape Town when he marked his Test debut .

Philander took five wickets for 15 runs in seven overs as Australia bowled out for just 47 in their second innings.

He was named player of the match in a fixture South Africa won by eight wickets.

The 34-year-old has played 60 Tests, taking 216 wickets at an impressively low average of 22.16.

He has also appeared in 30 ODIs and seven T20 internationals.

South Africa vs England Test

The four-Test series against England starts on December 26 at Centurion.

Furthermore The final Test in Johannesburg begins on January 24.

Team Updates

South Africa welcome England for a four-match Test series.

The Proteas have named six new faces in their squad for the first two Test matches as batsmen

  • Pieter Malan
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Dwaine Pretorius,
  • Dane Paterson
  • Beuren Hendricks

England are coming off a Test series defeat in New Zealand.

  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Jimmy Anderson
  • Mark Wood

However Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad and Jack Leach all missed the warm-up matches due to illness

But the trio have been bowling in the nets, expected to be available to start at Centurion.

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