Philander may turn out for SA 'A'

2016-05-18 14:13
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Vernon Philander may play for the South Africa 'A' side in a series against their Australia counterparts after not being able to secure a contract to play county cricket in England.

The seamer is still considered an important member of the Proteas pace attack and has been awarded a two year contract with  the national side, even though he has been injury prone of late.

The 30-year-old has only played in three first-class games this year, since returning home from South Africa's tour in India last year November.

With the South African domestic done, and Philander not in the national side's limited-overs plans for the ODI series in the Caribbean in early June, the medium-pacer needs game time ahead of the Proteas' Test series against New Zealand at home in August.

According to Philander's agent, Arthur Turner, they tried to get a county deal but teams were put off by the right-arm bowler's latest injuries.

Proteas chief selector, Linda Zondi, confirmed that Philander could be included in the A side for the games against the Aussies, with the dates of the matches yet to be confirmed.

Zondi said: "Any player who doesn't play Indian Premier League, for a county or South Africa will be available for (South Africa A) selection and that includes Vernon."

Read more on:    vernon philander  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.