Philander: I have the recipe

2011-11-23 10:17

Cape Town – While most of the cricket world were thoroughly impressed by his debut Test series showing at home, Vernon Philander may be the only one not not surprised by his performance.

Philander turned in a Man-of-the-Series showing in his first two Tests, at his home ground Newlands and at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

However, Philander said by cracking his first Test nod, a weight was felt on his shoulders.

“Naturally there was more pressure on me, because there are much higher expectations when you play at this level,” Philander said in Wednesday’s Die Burger.

Despite this, he says that his naturally ability helped him overcome the nerves and that he was suited to the conditions.

“However, I knew that I would fare well, because my strength is to dismiss batsmen with bounce and my movement off the seam as well as through the air, which was the right sort of bowling required in this series.”

He believes his skills are not only suited to the local conditions, but that he can continue to be successful all around the world.

“I think that this recipe will work all over the world, because good bowling areas remain the same – regardless of what sort of pitch you are playing on.”

Philander, who is gentle in pace when compared to fellow pacemen, Dale Steyn and Morné Morkel, showed the same, if not more aggression than his compatriots throughout the series.

After he dismissed Australian captain, Michael Clarke in their second innings at the Wanderers, Philander stood in an almost Flintoff-like pose in the middle of pitch, something which Philander admits was premeditated.

“I am a competitive player by nature and it is part of my job as a fast bowler to be aggressive.

“The night before (the fifth day), a friend of mine asked me to imitate Flintoff the next time I take a wicket – and I thought: Why not?”


  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-23 10:46

    Arrogant, wonder where he learned that so quick, oh yes Biff.

      Zuljin01 - 2011-11-23 10:59

      There is a difference between arrogance and confidence......

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-23 11:02

      Yes there is, I hope it;s the latter and not the former. Arrogance makes one fall on their ass.

  • Lionel - 2011-11-23 11:00

    Hold your horses there young man,its only your first series,well done though on your performance!!!! Ps:when doing interviews make sure you get rid of the gum first,........just a reminder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-23 11:01

      he is copying Biff, that open mouthed gum chewing tw@t

      Lionel - 2011-11-23 11:04

      You obsessed with Biff?????

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-23 11:07

      I think he's an over rated donkey ball.

      Lionel - 2011-11-23 11:24

      So who would you have in he's place and who has an average like he does?????

  • granville.paulse - 2011-11-23 11:00

    If no one else believed that you would do it, you better have some self belief. Good going Vernon.

  • Zaahid - 2011-11-23 11:00

    Arrogant? dont think any of his comments were arrogant, perhaps one of confidence. Perhaps he just proved that he has the ability and silenced all the critics. This unfortunately the mindset of some of us, as if we could better. Instead of encouraging the guy, we tend to look for shortcomings. The guy did well, give him his due. Now to be consistent - only time will tell.....

      Grant - 2011-11-23 11:29

      He is more than confident - he is arrogant! But as long as he keeps taking wickets, who cares!? Problem is, when he goes through a slump (and he will - like all players do), his arrogance will turn to bite him in the backside. Just hope he has enough CONFIDENCE to deal with that when it happens.

  • Sabiha - 2011-11-23 11:20

    i would say he is proud of the job well done, showing the selectors he is capable playing in any condition any part of the world

  • Hannetjie - 2011-11-23 12:01

    I am glad for Philander that his 1st series went well but I am also, like others, concerned that he needs a lot more exposure and experience at this level before he can make statements like this. Confidence is fine but modesty with it is a real value.

  • Carl - 2011-11-23 12:16

    Make your own celebration clown-you aren't Flintoff!

      Sulaiman - 2011-11-23 13:08

      I would rather say an Afridi celebration but who really care let me see you take 5 wickets against the aussies and I will permit you to do even the famous snorting the line celebration.

      Carl - 2011-11-23 14:57

      Fair call. That's my point - Philander bowled very well and is good enough to be his own personality why imitate Flintoff or Afridi etc. Then you just become a pretended and a wannabe!

  • Deon - 2011-11-23 13:20

    How about not celebrating, it is all in a days work. (Dr Craven)

  • Gershwin - 2011-11-23 14:09

    why does all our coloured sportsman be so arrogant, julle sit n man in die oe

  • lungile.mpharu - 2011-11-23 14:18

    Vernon u were just lucky....Lets c u produce for a full international season before we start saying "you have the recipe"....I still think Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe are better than you.

  • bplupiya - 2011-11-23 14:54

    the World steps aside for a Man who knows where he is going..

      Sulaiman - 2011-11-23 16:31


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