Philander ready for Pakistan

2013-01-20 14:01

Cape Town - Seam bowler Vernon Philander will make his expected return to the Proteas' squad for the first Test against Pakistan to be played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg from Friday, February 1 to Tuesday, February 5.

The second and third Tests follow at Newlands and SuperSport Park, Centurion.

“We have given a full vote of confidence to the squad of 13 that did duty in the recent Sunfoil Series against New Zealand,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson.

“Rory Kleinveldt and Jacques Rudolph will again provide the bowling and batting cover if necessary. At the moment there are no injury concerns.

“We are very happy with the job that Rory did against New Zealand when Vernon dropped out while Jacques provides us with a lot of experience as the cover batsman. We have quite a few inexperienced batsmen in our top order and we feel that a bit of extra experience will be useful should the need arise.”

Proteas' Test squad: Graeme Smith (Cape Cobras, captain), Hashim Amla (Dolphins), AB de Villiers (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Dean Elgar (Knights), Jacques Kallis (Cape Cobras), Rory Kleinveldt (Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (Titans), Alviro Petersen (Highveld Lions), Robbie Peterson (Cape Cobras), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Jacques Rudolph (Titans), Dale Steyn (Cape Cobras).


  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-01-20 14:17

    Damn quota. Useless government. There I said It. now please let the sports comments follow.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2013-01-20 14:20

      Who is the quota?

      Adeeb Saban - 2013-01-20 14:22

      And so Sports24 gains another troll

      PureProteas - 2013-01-20 15:22

      omg, vern a quota player, clearly you dont know much, another one with his creepy racist comments, you are just like the anti white critics, shame on you

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-21 01:08

      Rory. I read your comment a few times. I tried to find any sarcasm in there. I tried to see if you were joking. I tried to understand if you are just seeking attention. But I came to the conclusion that you're just another tool.

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-01-20 14:24

    No dale steyn... But glad he is available

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-21 01:10

      What do you mean "no Dale Steyn"?

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-01-20 15:47

    Abeed stick to yr corner shop

  • rory.beckett.96 - 2013-01-20 15:49

    Then stop bringing government into sport

  • Tahir - 2013-01-20 16:20

    but remember ,we are no push over .we will try to compete at the highest level as always.

  • andrew.d.adams.1 - 2013-01-20 17:00

    I don't agree with keeping Rudolph in the squad, he's had his chances. Why not bring one of Stiaan van Zyl, Rilee Rossouw, Temba Bavuma or Quinton de Kock into the squad? All of them are young and massively talented and even if they don't get a game it would be great exposure.

  • sean - 2013-01-20 17:15

    Pakistan is a different side than the ones I've seen that's traveled away from home over the past 15 years or so.They not as pathetic as India or Sri Lanka had been in recent months with the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq,Younis Khan,Azhar,Nazir Jamsted are all master stroke players and hard grafters who can either change a game or who can become difficult to dislodge. Vernon Philander will pose serious questions with his line and length and Steyn's pace/swing and Morkel's seam bowling will have to unsettle that and made it uncomfortable for them to try and get a foothold in the game. Pakistan's major problem had been their poor fielding especially their putting down of the simplest of catches.Should be a very good contest between bat and ball.Steyn to show Junaid who's the boss when it comes to top pace bowling and wicket taking.Pakistan's biggest strength remains their bowling,whereas our boys are pretty balanced allround.Should be a good series.

  • Tahir - 2013-01-20 22:33

    Pakistan ready for philander

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-21 06:41

      Aparently so was New Zealand before the tour started.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-21 01:07

    Good news. Can't wait for the cricket to start again.

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