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Vernon Philander

Vernon Darryl Philander
Philander playing for South Africa against Somerset in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Vernon Darryl Philander
Born (1985-06-24) 24 June 1985
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 9 August 2014 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 86) 24 June 2007 v Ireland
Last ODI 19 November 2014 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 75
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 26 21 109 111
Runs scored 684 107 3,085 1,213
Batting average 27.36 10.70 26.14 22.46
100s/50s 0/4 0/0 2/10 0/4
Top score 74 23 168 79*
Balls bowled 5,267 868 19,603 4,582
Wickets 115 27 408 109
Bowling average 21.57 23.66 21.27 32.77
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, 16 November 2014

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 1
  • Achievements 2
    • Test 5-Wicket Hauls 2.1
  • Career best performances 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

International career

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

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

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

See also


  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".  
  4. ^ "Philander awarded national contract".  
  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. ^ "Statsguru: Vernon Philander". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 

External links

  • Player profile: Vernon Philander from ESPNcricinfo
  • Vernon Philander's profile page on Wisden
  • Player profile: Vernon Philander from CricketArchive

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