Philander ready for Pakistan
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Seam bowler Vernon Philander
will make his expected return to the Proteas' squad for the first Test against Pakistan to be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from Friday, February 1 to Tuesday, February 5.
The second and third Tests follow at Newlands and SuperSport Park, Centurion.
“We have given a full vote of confidence to the squad of 13 that did duty in the recent Sunfoil Series against New Zealand,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson.
and Jacques Rudolph
will again provide the bowling and batting cover if necessary. At the moment there are no injury concerns.
“We are very happy with the job that Rory did against New Zealand when Vernon dropped out while Jacques
provides us with a lot of experience as the cover batsman. We have quite a few inexperienced batsmen in our top order and we feel that a bit of extra experience will be useful should the need arise.”Proteas' Test squad: Graeme Smith
(Cape Cobras, captain), Hashim Amla
(Dolphins), AB de Villiers (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Dean Elgar
Kallis (Cape Cobras), Rory Kleinveldt
(Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (Titans), Alviro Petersen (Highveld Lions), Robbie Peterson (Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander
(Cape Cobras), Jacques Rudolph
(Titans), Dale Steyn