Vernon Philander

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Vernon Philander
Philander playing for South Africa against Somerset in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Vernon Darryl Philander
Born (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 31)
Ravensmead, Bellville, Cape Province, South Africa
Nickname Pro, V-Dawg, Big Vern
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 311) 9 November 2011 v Australia
Last Test 7 November 2015 v India
ODI debut (cap 86) 24 June 2007 v Ireland
Last ODI 15 July 2015 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no. 24
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2009 Western Province
2004 Devon
2004– Cape Cobras (squad no. 24)
2008 Middlesex
2012 Somerset
2013 Kent
2013– Jamaica Tallawahs
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 29 24 112 114
Runs scored 697 111 3,098 1,217
Batting average 26.80 10.09 26.03 22.12
100s/50s 0/4 0/0 2/10 0/4
Top score 74 23 168 79*
Balls bowled 5,717 1,012 20,053 4,726
Wickets 121 35 414 116
Bowling average 21.95 22.25 21.38 31.72
5 wickets in innings 9 0 20 0
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 6/44 4/12 7/61 4/12
Catches/stumpings 8/– 5/– 29/– 10/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 21 January 2015

Vernon Darryl Philander (born 24 June 1985) is a South African right-handed bowling all-rounder, he has previously represented his country at under 19 level. He plays for Cape Cobras in South African domestic cricket.

Philander made his ODI debut on his 22nd birthday, against Ireland at Belfast. He took 4 for 12, a match-winning performance.

Philander was chosen for the emerging players tournament in Australia, and took 3 for 30, as well as hitting 59 off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand A. South Africa would go on to win the tournament.

Philander has played English county cricket, firstly for Middlesex in April & May 2008, Somerset in April & May 2012, and Kent in July 2013.[1]

International career[edit]

Philander enjoyed a tremendous start to his international career. On 9 November 2011, Philander made his Test debut against Australia, and was awarded Man of the Match after taking 5–15 in Australia's second innings,[2] in which Australia was dismissed for 47, that country's lowest completed test innings total since 1902. He was also Man of the Series, with 14 wickets at 13.92 and two five-wicket hauls across the two tests. The following month he took five wickets in each innings in the first test of South Africa's home series against Sri Lanka. He became the fifth player in history to take five wickets in an innings in each of his first three tests.[3] These performances led to him being awarded a national contract by Cricket South Africa in January 2012.[4] Philander continued his sensational form in the series in New Zealand which began in March 2012. He picked up five wickets in the first test at Dunedin, which ended a draw.[5] He followed this up with a match-winning performance in the second test at Hamilton where he picked up 4–70 and 6–44 for the second 10-wicket haul of his career.[6] In the 3rd test at Wellington, he excelled once again, picking up 6–81 in the first innings. During the course of this innings, he bowled New Zealand batsman Doug Bracewell for his 50th test wicket in only his 7th match, and thus became the second-fastest bowler ever to claim 50 wickets. The only bowler to get to the mark faster was Charles Turner who did it in 6 matches.[7] He went wicketless in the second innings as New Zealand held on for a draw.[8]

In October 2012, alongside Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Philander was part of a South African pace attack bowling coach and former test cricketer Allan Donald called the best the country had ever produced.[9]

In 2013, he was one of the South African bowlers who bowled out New Zealand for 45, the lowest Test Match total of the millennium.

As of May 2013 he was rated by the ICC as the 2nd best bowler and the 3rd best all-rounder in the world. The best bowler and all-rounder being fellow South Africans Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis respectively.

On 20 December 2013, Philander took his 100th test wicket in the first test against India in Johannesburg. He needed only 19 matches to reach his 100 wickets, the joint-sixth fastest ever. Earlier the same day he scored an anchor-innings of 59 runs (from 86 balls), batting at number 8, showing off his versatility for the Proteas.


Test 5-Wicket Hauls[edit]

Vernon Philander's Test 5-Wicket Hauls[10]
No. Figures Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 5/15 1  Australia Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2011 Won
2 5/70 2  Australia Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2011 Lost
3 5/53 3  Sri Lanka Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2011 Won
4 5/49
5 6/44 6  New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2012 Won
6 6/81 7  New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 2012 Drawn
7 5/30 10  England London, England Lord's 2012 Won
8 5/7 13  New Zealand Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2013 Won
9 5/59 15  Pakistan Cape Town, South Africa Newlands 2013 Won

Career best performances[edit]

as of 31 December 2013

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
Tests 74 South Africa v Pakistan Centurion 2013 6–44 South Africa v New Zealand Hamilton 2012
ODI 23 South Africa v England Leeds 2008 4–12 South Africa v Ireland Belfast 2007
T20I 6 South Africa v England Cape Town 2007 2–23 South Africa v Bangladesh Cape Town 2007
FC 168 Western Province v Griqualand West Kimberley 2004 7–61 Cape Cobras v Knights Cape Town 2012
LA 79* South Africa A v Bangladesh A East London 2011 4–12 South Africa v Ireland Belfast 2007
T20 56* Cape Cobras v Lions Johannesburg 2007 5–17 Cape Cobras v Dolphins Cape Town 2010

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Australia in South Africa Test Series 2011/12 14 wickets with 2 five-wicket hauls, avg. 13.92 ; .
27 runs (2 matches)
Series Drawn.[11]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test - Australia in South Africa Test Series 2011/12 1st Innings: 21-3-63-3 ; 4 (11 balls, 1x4)
2nd Innings: 7-3-15-5 ; DNB
 South Africa won by 8 wickets.[12]
2 1st Test - Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series 2011/12 1st Innings: 13-2-53-5, 1 ct. ; 4 (30 balls)
2nd Innings: 11.1-1-49-5, 1 ct. ; DNB
 South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs.[13]
3 2nd Test - South Africa in New Zealand Test Series 2011/12 1st Innings: 15-3-70-4 ; 14 (35 balls, 1x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings: 15.5-3-44-6 ; DNB
 South Africa won by 9 wickets.[14]
4 3rd Test - Basil D'Oliveira Trophy Test Series 2012 1st Innings: 61 (93 balls, 6x4) ; 24-9-48-2
2nd Innings: 35 (67 balls, 5x4) ; 14.5-4-30-5
 South Africa won by 51 runs.[15]
5 1st Test - New Zealand in South Africa Test Series 2012/13 1st Innings: 6-3-7-5 ; 0* (5 balls)
2nd Innings: 24-8-76-2 ; DNB
 South Africa won by an innings and 27 runs.[16]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion 30 November 2013 10-3-26-3 ; DNB  South Africa won by 4 wickets.[17]
2 West Indies Buffalo Park, East London 21 January 2015 8-2-27-3 ; DNB  South Africa won by 9 wickets.[18]

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