Philander ends his UK 'recce'

2012-05-21 11:13

Cape Town – Job well done ... that would probably be a simple but fitting way to sum up Proteas bowling sensation Vernon Philander’s five-match stint with Somerset in England’s County Championship.

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The bustling Cape Cobras fast-medium bowler, who averages an incredible 14.15 with the ball after seven Tests, returns to South Africa now after playing five four-day matches for the Taunton-based county.

Philander bagged 23 wickets in his intentional, short posting there at a tidy 21.34, including two five-wicket hauls.

In doing so, he helped lift Somerset to a respectable third out of nine teams in division one before his departure, and left as joint top wicket-taker there with medium-pacer Peter Trego, who has played one game more.

He made his final appearance in the drawn encounter with Surrey at The Oval, which ended on Saturday, claiming four for 88 and one for 42.

The London venue is where South Africa will play the first of three Tests against England from July 19, so that was a particularly useful “reconnaissance” exercise for Philander, who is expected to form a lethal three-pronged pace attack with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel in the top-of-table series.

He signed off by issuing a tweet saying: “Thanks to #somersetcc for a great time. Great lads to work with and awesome crowd to play for. Trust and hope we’ll see soon.”

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  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-05-21 11:19

    good luck to KP and co. you are going to need it against this man! (and morne and dale and tahir)

      Squeegee - 2012-05-21 11:42

      I'm looking forward to this,,

      Bob - 2012-05-21 13:01

      Tahir doesn't require any luck, KP will knock him out of the park , it's just bad luck if he gets you out, agreed Squeegee, should be a fantastic series.

      Inky - 2012-05-21 16:17

      @ Bob. It will not happen! Kirsten knows that he cannot expose Tahir to the English top order as he is ranked No.60 in test cricket and could cost SA the series.

      Bob - 2012-05-22 10:28

      Inky so where is Kirsten going to introduce him, remember England bat all the way to number 10,

      Inky - 2012-05-22 12:34

      Bob. If I was Kirsten I would leave him at home (or 12th man) and just rely on seam.

      Tumi - 2012-05-22 13:19

      I think this is the series 4 Tahir its a pitty he came in with Philander wu was in super form of his life

  • Hallo - 2012-05-21 11:58

    Nice recon mission :)

  • Sabiha - 2012-05-21 12:40

    Good work Vernon ,hope michael vaughan was watching the good performance and also hoped he watched the likes of AB JP, steyn perform in the ipl,

      Inky - 2012-05-21 16:20

      Comparing the IPL to test cricket is not possible. Mickey mouse cricket vs test cricket is like comparing apples and pears.

  • Alan - 2012-05-21 14:17

    And then again - maye the Poms used Philander's stay to 'suss him out"......

  • adrien.mcguire - 2012-05-22 09:39

    I have a feeling we are going to go into this series a bit underdone. The Poms have at least had a series against the West Indies to warm up. Our players will be mostly coming out of the IPL and not ready for test cricket. Just Saying.................. !

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