Cape Town - The Proteas enter the new year
with the hope of finishing off their Test summer on a good note in the third
Test against the West Indies starting at Newlands on Friday.
A win will cap off a successful season for
Hashim Amla and his troops, with series wins in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the
A series win will also ensure that the
Proteas finish No 1 on the ICC Test rankings at the end of season cut-off date,
as the focus shifts to the limited-overs format from next week.
“The boys are looking forward to this one,”
Vernon Philander said on Thursday. “It’s obviously a place where we like to
play and the boys are all geared up.
“The guys are always motivated when we come
to Cape Town,” he said. “It’s a great venue, the boys love playing here. It’s getting another opportunity in the new
Philander has taken 31 wickets at an
average of 16.70 at the ground where he made his debut against Australia in
2011, and hopes to continue with his good form in livelier conditions.
“I haven’t had a look at it,” he said of
the pitch. “Newlands always has something on day one and two, it’s nothing new.
From our side, we just want a good cricket wicket with a little bit of pace and
bounce coming from PE.”
The bowlers have performed well as a unit
throughout the series, adapting and supporting each other in their respective
“For me it’s about going out there and
doing the same things,” Philander said. “Results-wise you are not always going
to get the same. As long as I do my processes week in week out the same I’m not
too worried about the results.
“We need to take 20 wickets as a unit and
in each game someone else will blossom. Sometimes you get a stint where you are
the main guy taking the wickets and sometimes you have to do the supporting
role. I think for me it’s important to play a part in the team in every match
that we play.”