Cape Town - Proteas seamer, Vernon Philander, has credited a comprehensive team performance
after the opening day of the second Test match against Australia at the
Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
The masterful display of skill from the new-ball
pair of Philander and Kyle Abbott was complemented by another sharp
contribution in the field, with acrobatic catches and a direct-hit runout
lighting up the mood on an overcast and cold day.
Philander refused to take the
praise following his 10th-career five-for and his most polished
performance on Australian soil, which was an indication of a player full of
confidence and back to his best after overcoming a traumatic ankle injury this
"It was a magnificent
all-round performance from everyone," Philander said in praise.
to be taken, there was also a magnificent run-out, all those things add up to a
collective team effort and allow you to bowl a team out. You need those things
to go your way, it was a magnificent performance.
"Runouts and great catches
push on that momentum you always look for,” he said. “We are a side that prides
itself on taking those 50-50 chances; whether it be a magnificent catch or a
runout. Those dismissals lift the team and the morale."
Philander will have an
equally important role to play with the bat as the lower-order looks to build
on a commanding first-innings lead.
Temba Bavuma (38 not out) and Quinton de
Kock (28 not out) will lead the response on day two, and although there is
heavy rain forecast for most of the day, there is enough time in the match to
plan and execute sensibly.
"Looking at the scoreboard I
think we are a little bit ahead," he said.
"There is still a lot of work to be
done, there is still a lot of cricket to be played. We are a team that wants to
get as many runs as possible in the first innings to give us a big lead. The
job is nowhere near done, there is a lot of cricket to come."
Play is scheduled to start at
01:30 (SA time).