Play Philander in Tests - Pybus

2011-11-02 22:37

Cape Town - Cape Cobras coach Richard Pybus says all-rounder Vernon Philander should play for the Proteas in the Test series against Australia.

Sign up for Sport24 promo mailers and win

WIN with Nike Vision

Philander was recently included in the Proteas' Test squad for the two-Test series starting at Newlands next Wednesday. He is expected to fight it out with the Warriors' left-arm quickie Lonwabo Tsotsobe for the role of a third seam bowler.
Philander's inclusion in the squad is just reward for outstanding recent performances on the domestic scene. He was by far the most successful seam bowler in the four-day SuperSport Series over the last two seasons. He took 35 wickets at an average of 16.11 in seven matches last season. The previous season he took 45 wickets at an average of 14.73. His team - the Cape Cobras - were crowned champions in both those campaigns.

And Pybus told Die Burger newspaper that Philander is ready for the next step as he possesses all the necessary skills to be successful.

"He can swing the ball both ways and is a clever bowler.

"He is the Cobras' wicket-taker, but if he gets his chance in the Test team he would need to change his role to restrict runs, especially if the selectors decide to pick Imran Tahir instead of Paul Harris.

"The Proteas are in a lucky position to have (Dale) Steyn and (Morne) Morkel - both with the ability to take wickets and keep the runs down. Vernon has the skills to fulfil both roles," said Pybus.

Philander struggled when he last played for South Africa two years ago in a one-day series in England. He looked unfit and his fielding was poor, but seems to have worked hard to improve his game recently.

What also might persuade his inclusion ahead of Tsotsobe is the fact that Philander is a far better batsman, which could help nullify a potentially long South African tail.

Philander is currently playing for the South African "A" side in a four-day game against Australia in Potchefstroom. He took 2/63 in the Australians' first innings, dismissing Phillip Hughes and Ricky Ponting. He also scored 16 not out with the bat in the South Africans' first innings.


  • bernard.ingram - 2011-11-03 02:52

    Too slow for test cricket I'm afraid....

      Thandiwe - 2011-11-03 03:18

      How about Pollock and Mcgrath? Mother and Dale have speed - we need other dimensions too.

      Thandiwe - 2011-11-03 03:19

      Sorry my Android changed Morne to mother!

      granville.paulse - 2011-11-03 14:21

      Andre Nel's top Speed was about 126km/h on a good day down wind. He had his chance. Philander's first class average is under 20. Morkel's is 27. Give the man a chance.

      Grant - 2011-11-03 16:06

      @Thandiwe - Pollock and McGrath both started off as pace bowlers - only at the end of their careers did they slow down. To me, a lot comes down to attitude. Tsotsobe has shown a hunger and determination to succeed (and has thus far done very well). Philander was given a chance, but seemed to sit back as though he was on his father's yacht, and made a mess of his opportunity. Maybe Philander has changed, and is now more willing to work (in which case maybe he should be given another chance), but my opinion of him is still that he is lazy, and takes things for granted - not the type that I support!

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-11-03 05:34

    Pybus must be an idiot!!! Philander would not be considered if he were playing for any other franchise other than the Cobras. He also needs to spit out his chewing gum when interviewed on SuperSport. Not a good image if he wishes to be a role model.

      CJHoy - 2011-11-03 07:53

      do you watch cricket? look at results? know who pybus is? and his record?

  • wdvilliers - 2011-11-03 05:39

    Play Marchant de Lange...before we lose him...

      Bobby - 2011-11-03 09:34

      Surely you just started watching cricket or your 6 year old son just told you that he is the guy to look out for. have you not noticed over the years that all players had to mature into the role of international cricket and all of them were dropped at sometime and made a magnification comeback. you better to use as an example then Morne Morkel, Jacques Rudolph as well as TsoTsobe. Just because he took 5 wickets now you sing praises come on man. Get your act together

  • Fouche - 2011-11-03 05:47

    I am sorry Mr Pybus. Are you trying to score BEE points. I can name 20 better bowlers and nore pleasant people than this chewing machine to play for Proteas

      Justin - 2011-11-03 07:49

      I support the Cobras, and always thought the Philander was an "OK" one day bowler and never rated him as a possible Test player, but look at his stats over the past two seasons. Surely if those stats are misleading then there is something seriously wrong with our domestic competition. Lets leave the whole BEE thing and give the guy a chance. I personally prefer out and out fast bowlers or spinners that can rip a ball a meter, but as one of the other guys mentioned what about Pollock nd Mcgrath (at their peak they were not bowling much fast than 130km/ph but it was their swing and guile that got wickets). Please name those other 20 better bowlers out of interest?

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-03 10:51

      ya, prince and vernon must go . . .

      Shane - 2011-11-03 11:41

      @Fouche: name only two? and did they have better stats than Philander over the past two seasons? Or should we now ignore those stats, when it suits certain people?

  • Sonny - 2011-11-03 07:12

    "Koedoegat" Philander. Please Phybus shut up!

  • lincolnza - 2011-11-03 10:26

    i think Philander had to get a chance along time ago, if you not win with the players you have you need to try someone else go Philander !!!

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-03 11:16

    Lets have a look at this de Lange...some young talent....

      Thopa - 2011-11-03 11:33

      @rheinhardt.peens Why don't we just come out & say it! We only want white players in the Proteas team and each time a player of colour performs we must ignore the good stats he has produced & constantly push for the team to look like the AWB 11 or Afri-forum A Team, right?

      Shane - 2011-11-03 11:50

      Yep, one good game and he's ready for test "development" needed for this guy I guess...

  • Shane - 2011-11-03 11:31

    The same folks who were shouting to have Jacques Rudolph included, based on his domestic form over the past two seasons, are saying that Philander's record over the same period should be ignored...why?

      Thopa - 2011-11-03 15:08

      Players of colour don't deserve to be in the national, Cricket & Rugby teams... Don't you know that the right of admission in these teams is only reserved to Steve Hofmer,Bees roux, Flakplass & Afriforum?

  • Theo - 2011-11-03 15:24

    Pybas you really joking his a average bowler that can bat abid in first class cricket .He ave 27 with the bat. theres so many bowlers better then him do i have mantion them........Panell,Friend,De Wet,Theron,Alby Morkel better allrounder and Ryan Mcklaren and the list go's on nd on nd on......

      granville.paulse - 2011-11-03 16:16

      Wrong!!!!! Look at all the bowlers bowling average at 1st Class cricket level. Philander is better THAN all of them!!!! Look at the facts buddy! Look at the figures!!!

  • Anthony - 2011-11-03 15:41

    Hi, @Thopa why do you guys always bring race into the equation, there is no way that Philander is a better bowler or field than Tsotsobe, yes from a batting point of view Philander is a better batsman but that is why there are dedicated batsman in the side to score the runs and not the bowlers.

      granville.paulse - 2011-11-03 16:22

      Cricinfo's stats tell a completely different story to the one you so blindly believe.

  • Vic - 2011-11-07 15:18

    People like Thopa, simply need to get their heads out of their a...s.!! Grow up, man.!!! Philander is one of those players, who is good in 1st Class cricket, with their Franchises. That's it, finish & klaar.! Nothing & I mean nothing at all, to do with race---he's been tried before at International level & failed miserably. Have you seen his fielding / catching & his batting is VERY mediocre indeed.?!! Definitely NOT international standard & his selection for the squad is just absolute c###p & I'm from C.Town (Cape Cobras supporter). He also needs to be taught some manners i.e. chewing gum when speaking to people.!!

      johannes.jemaar - 2012-04-03 15:07

      Please edit your report it is the right thing to do

  • pages:
  • 1