Pakistanis wary of Philander

2013-01-21 14:19

Johannesburg - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander will be one of the South African players to watch out for in their Test series next month.

Philander was included in the Proteas squad for the series after missing out in the second Test against New Zealand with a hamstring injury.

“I think the way Philander is bowling is really taking so many wickets,” Misbah said on Monday after the Pakistani squad arrived in Johannesburg at the weekend.

“He's really a factor with the new ball and swinging the ball and hitting the seam.

"I think the best way is just to stick to your basics and just go there and try and see off these sort of bowlers, and then just capitalise.

“In Test cricket you need to do your basics right. If the bowler is bowling well or that batsman is batting well, you just have to stick to your basics in how you tackle someone.”

Pakistan are fourth in the ICC Test rankings, and should present a tougher challenge than the Black Caps team that lost by innings in each of their Tests agains the number one-ranked Proteas unit.

Misbah said he knew his team would have their work cut out against the hosts, who would be strong favourites to clinch the series.

“With the likes of (Hashim) Amla, Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith, they've got everything in their batting lineup.

"Then they've got quality bowlers like (Dale) Steyn, (Morne) Morkel and Philander. They are really a good side and we have to play well against them to put some sort of game on.

“I think this Pakistani team, with a lot of young players in the team, they are really performing well. One point is they love to take on challenges and we are here in South African conditions.

“We know they are a very good side, very good bowling attack, but I think this is a time where we can come with good performances.”

Misbah said his side would be keen to prove themselves against the top rated outfit in Test cricket.

“This team has really done well for the last two-and-half years. It's really a big challenge for us to come here to play the number one team in the world, and especially in their conditions, it's really tough.

“This Pakistan team are ready to take challenges. They have proved that in the last two years, so I think this will really be a test and we really want to play well in South Africa.”

Pakistan face South Africa in three Tests, starting with the first match at the Wanderers on February 1, two T20 internationals and five ODIs.


  • francoisjacques.malan - 2013-01-21 14:39

    They've got 11 players to be wary of...

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2013-01-21 15:27

      True, while they are watching Vernon, Dale Morne and Roben will bowl them to pieces.

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2013-01-21 14:46

    you better know it!

  • Tahir - 2013-01-21 15:04

    nothing to lose

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-01-21 15:17

      They can lose their 4th spot.

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2013-01-21 15:21


      Tahir - 2013-01-21 15:22

      will be still in top 5 in the world.

      morne.vandyk.58 - 2013-01-21 15:27

      Out of 8 teams - Shame

  • SKYWATCHER30 - 2013-01-21 15:42

    Lol @ pakistan, you couldn't win a test series here before Vern was in the setup, what makes you think you can now

  • antoine.tredoux - 2013-01-21 15:54

    And so they should be!

  • Tahir - 2013-01-21 16:24

    philander wary of Pakistanis

      SKYWATCHER30 - 2013-01-21 16:50

      The english couldn't handle him, the ozzies couldn't handle him, the kiwies didn't have a clue and you think the pakis will take him on a green bouncy track, this is going to be fun

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-01-21 16:52

    The batsmen will decide this series. Both sides have a fierce bowling attack so expect a result in all 3 games, weather permitting. We have a better batting lineup, Hashim will prove his worth. I'm predicting a 3-0 series win for the Proteas, though not without a stern test from a Pakistan with quality gamebreakers in their squad

      Iqbal - 2013-01-21 20:51

      lol, on all the comments above....I think its better not to live in the fool's paradise and comment like people are under mining one very potential venom...i.e Saeed Ajmal...will South African..can handle him properly ? And not to remind that many times Pakistan bearen South Africa in the World Cup be careful ..this is Paki Power...not the kiwis...

  • Nick - 2013-01-22 08:53

    Haha - that is a very profound statement from Misbah. If Pakistan or any other test team was not wary of the second best bowler in the world there would be something seriously worrying about their planning!!! The tough thing for Pakistan is that they also have to worry about the world's best bowler!!! Not to mention Morne the world's number 8 bowler! Then....once they have seen off our pace attack they need to figure out how they are going to dismiss 5 of the world's top 20 test batsman (twice)!! Yes Misbah - you should be wary of SA. Come on the Proteas!!!!

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