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Philander confirms Somerset Kolpak move

2019-12-27 21:19
Vernon Philander
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Cape Town - Proteas seamer Vernon Philander confirmed on Friday he has agreed to play English county cricket for Somerset next year.

Philander was speaking after the second day of the first Test against England in what he has announced will be his final series before retiring from international cricket.

The 34-year-old took 4-16 in 14.2 overs as South Africa appeared to have taken control by bowling England out for 181.

However, England got back into the swing of things as South Africa will go into Day 3 at 72/4, 175 runs ahead off their visitors. 

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Philander confirmed reports that he had agreed terms with the county.

"Everyone knows that," said the South African bowler after the second day's play on Friday.

But he said it was incorrect that he had signed a three-year contract.

"We're going to go on a year-by-year basis and see how we go," he said.

Philander is set to join former Proteas all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe in the Somerset squad.

Former Proteas Morne Morkel and Hashim Amla both signed Kolpak deals with Surrey following their retirements.

Day 3 of the first Test between South Africa and England is set to get under way at 10:00 on Saturday.

- Compiled by Lynn Butler

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