Vernon Philander

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Vernon Philander
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Philander playing for South Africa against Somerset in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Vernon Darryl Philander
Born (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985 (age 32)
Ravensmead, Parow, Western Cape, South Africa
Nickname Pro, V-Dawg, Big Vern
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 311) 9 November 2011 v Australia
Last Test 27 July 2017 v England
ODI debut (cap 86) 24 June 2007 v Ireland
Last ODI 23 August 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 24
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2009 Western Province
2004 Devon
2004–present Cape Cobras (squad no. 24)
2008 Middlesex
2012 Somerset
2013 Kent
2013 Jamaica Tallawahs
2017–present Sussex (squad no. 1)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 46 30 141 124
Runs scored 1,186 151 3,850 1,343
Batting average 25.78 12.58 25.00 23.56
100s/50s 0/7 0/0 2/11 0/5
Top score 74 30* 168 79*
Balls bowled 8,450 1,279 24,703 5,203
Wickets 171 41 497 126
Bowling average 22.45 24.04 21.83 32.21
5 wickets in innings 11 0 22 0
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 6/44 4/12 7/61 4/12
Catches/stumpings 14/– 6/– 36/– 11/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 August 2017

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.

Domestic career[edit]

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 debut[edit]

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

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.

Late career[edit]

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]

Through ranks[edit]

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. These efforts led him to achieve the number 1 ranking in ICC Test Bowling Rankings for the year 2013.


On 12 November 2016, Philader took his tenth five-wicket haul in Tests, during the second Test against Australia. Australia was bowled out for 85 runs, which was their lowest in a home Test in 32 years. This was also third time by Philander, in which the opposition has been dismissed for fewer than 100 and Philander has taken a five-for.[10]

International record[edit]

He has taken 11 five wicket hauls in Test cricket.

Test 10 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/102 3  Sri Lanka Newlands Cape Town South Africa 2011

Career best performances[edit]

as of 14 November 2016

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 30* South Africa v England Leeds 2008 4–12 South Africa v New Zealand Potchefstroom 2015
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 Bowling : 14 wickets with 2 five-wicket hauls, avg. 13.92 ; .
Batting : 27 runs (2 matches)
Series Drawn.[11]
2 South Africa in Australia Test Series 2016/17 Bowling : 12 wickets with 1 five-wicket hauls, avg. 23.58 ; .
Batting : 136 runs with 1 fifty (3 matches)
 South Africa won the series 2–1.[12]

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.[13]
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.[14]
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.[15]
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.[16]
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.[17]
6 2nd Test – Basil D'Oliveira Trophy Test Series 2017 1st Innings: 54 (81 balls: 9x4), 13–2–48–2
2nd Innings: 42 (75 balls: 3x4, 2x6), 10–3–24–3, 1 Ct.
 South Africa won by 340 runs.[18]

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.[19]
2 West Indies Buffalo Park, East London 21 January 2015 8–2–27–3 ; DNB  South Africa won by 9 wickets.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kent sign South Africa all-rounder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  2. ^ "1st Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Nov 9–11, 2011". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  3. ^ McGlashan, Andrew (15 December 2011). "Philander sets up dominant South Africa". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Philander awarded national contract". ESPNcricinfo. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Fernando, Andrew. "Rain has final say in compelling Test". Cricinfo. 
  6. ^ Fernando, Andrew. "Philander stars in resounding South Africa win". Cricinfo. 
  7. ^ "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Fastest to 50 wickets". Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Fernando, Andrew (27 March 2012). "Williamson secures hard-fought draw". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Donald rates Proteas pace lineup best ever". 3 News NZ. 31 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Australia hit 32-year low at home". ESPNcricinfo. 
  11. ^ "Australia in South Africa Test Series, 2011/12". 
  12. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series, 2016/17". 
  13. ^ "Australia in South Africa Test Series – 1st Test". 
  14. ^ "Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series, 2011/12 – 1st Test". 
  15. ^ "South Africa in New Zealand Test Series, 2011/12 – 2nd Test". 
  16. ^ "Basil D'Oliveira Trophy, 2012 – 3rd Test". 
  17. ^ "New Zealand in South Africa Test Series, 2012/13 – 1st Test". 
  18. ^ "South Africa tour of England, 2nd Test: England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jul 14–17, 2017". 
  19. ^ "Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series, 2013 – 3rd ODI". 
  20. ^ "West Indies in South Africa ODI Series, 2015 – 3rd ODI". 

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