Dream debut for Philander

2011-11-09 14:15

Cape Town - Vernon Philander made a dream debut for South Africa, taking his first Test wicket in the opening session of the first Test against Australia at Newlands on Wednesday.


After losing two early wickets, Australia rallied to go to lunch on 39/2.

Philander's well-deserved wicket came after he got the ball to move away from opener Phillip Hughes (9), catching the edge of his bat.

The wicket earned wicketkeeper Mark Boucher the accolade of being the first Test cricketer to take 500 catches.

Playing in his 140th Test, Boucher has taken 498 catches behind the stumps for South Africa while two were taken when he represented the ICC World XI against Australia in October 2009.

Graeme Smith's decision to put the opposition into bat first paid off early as Dale Steyn made the breakthrough, dismissing Shane Watson (3), caught by Jacques Kallis at second slip.

Play started almost two hours late, due to a rain delay before the toss and, at the end of a shortened session, Australia went into lunch with Shaun Marsh on 17 and Ricky Ponting on 8.


South Africa – Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Rudolph, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher (wk), Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

Australia – Shane Watson, Philip Hughes, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (captain), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon


  • Wimpie - 2011-11-09 11:23

    GOOD....that shows intent.

      Ronald - 2011-11-09 16:16

      This team is too white. Radical transformation needs to happen as soon as possible.

      Philip - 2011-11-10 09:27

      @intra_National, yes, so they to can become the laughing stock of the world, like our all Black soccer lossers???

  • dave.cohen2 - 2011-11-09 11:33

    Philander - Heaven help us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dhirshan - 2011-11-09 12:20

      philander and has-been prince should not be there! what did lopsy do wrong? other than that, perfect xi

  • Kaybee - 2011-11-09 12:16

    "we will bowl thank u"....i wonder how will the Proteas bat on the last day on that pitch? Smith stumped again!

      Deon - 2011-11-09 12:55

      If we bat well we only need to bat once.

      Grant - 2011-11-09 14:39

      Its Smith's home ground dude - I think he knows a bit more about the wicket than your limited knowledge of "pitches crack up by day 5".

      Franklyn - 2011-11-09 20:10

      a lot of humidity around and Newlands becomes a mamba ! common a grade knowledge for any Cape cricket fan.

  • Carl - 2011-11-09 12:29


  • Zaahid - 2011-11-09 12:35

    Lopsy in good nick at the moment butPERHAPS they thinking extra batsman with Philander.... as for bowling 1st Kaybe, Newlands picth is not known for deteriorating. also the 1st two/three days expect cloudy weather in Cape Town, so maybe ball can swing and do something in the air.....

  • Albertus - 2011-11-09 12:45

    You never field first at Newlands.....

      Deon - 2011-11-09 12:57

      Unless it is overcast and rainy like today.

  • mengelbrecht1 - 2011-11-09 12:57

    13 for two, Steyn And Philander each have one. It's overcast and damp, of course you field 1st. Seems like most of the people in this post so far know squat about cricket

      Deon - 2011-11-09 13:39

      When it is sunny you bat first at Newlands, but not today.

      Anthony - 2011-11-09 15:57

      i see ponting told the press that he is just about at the peak of perfection after his stint at potch and is ready for the big time ---well not today and this innings--out for 8 --perhaps next time pricky--lol

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-09 17:17

      Time has proved you right DeonL. Go Sunflowers!

  • bernard.ingram - 2011-11-10 03:21

    Even my cat can take wickets on that lively wicket. I'm not convinced as of yet. Show me wrong Phil.

  • Niela.vH - 2011-11-10 09:19

    Philander swings the ball both ways at reasnable pace 135km/h. Their is a reason he is the top wicket taker in domestic cricket for the last two seasons. Glad he got another chance. Show the people who dont follow domestic first class cricket a thing or two.

      bernard.ingram - 2011-11-10 11:08

      Yes, sure and there are also other players that are doing as well, but why did Philander get the nod? He has shown to be not that great at the highest level before. He's got another chance and this time I am looking out if he can make it.

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