• Vernon Philander

    • Role: Bowler
    • Batting: Right Hand Batter
    • Bowling: Right arm, fast medium
    • Date of Birth: June 24, 1985
    • Place of Birth: South Africa




Vernon Philander made his Proteas’ debut in the ODI series against Ireland and India in 2007, taking 4/12 on debut and followed this by being selected for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, held in South Africa. He was unable to build on his initial success and dropped out of the picture after the ODI section of the 2008 tour of England.

However, he has forced his way back into the international scene after outstanding back-to-back seasons in the domestic Sunfoil Series competition.

This earned him a debut in the Sunfoil Test series against Australia in which he excelled, taking 14 wickets in the two-match series and ‘fifers’ in both matches. His eight wickets on debut gave him the best debut figures for the Proteas since unification and the fifth best in South African history. He enjoyed similar success against Sri Lanka and, after 4 matches, had 30 wickets at an average of 13 with four five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.

His success continued unabated in New Zealand where he became the second fastest bowler of all time to reach 50 Test wickets and the quickest for more than a century. He went from one success to another and achieved a century of Test wickets in only his 19th match – the sixth fastest of all time.

To cap it all he displaced Dale Steyn as the No. 1 bowler on the ICC Test rankings for a brief period in 2013.

To date he has nine five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket match hauls. This includes a remarkable fifer against New Zealand when he took five wickets in just 25 balls at the start of the Test match. This is the quickest by a bowler from the start of a Test match as far as can be ascertained.

He was a finalist for the ICC Cricketer of the Year as well at the Test Cricketer of the Year in 2012 and was also named in the ICC Test XI of the year in 2012 and again in 2013. On the home front he was named South African Cricketer of the Year and South African Sportsman of the Year for 2012.

His ability to swing the ball both ways at pace and hit the seam with great accuracy makes him a difficult customer to handle. He is also a more than useful lower-order batsman who has strengthened the Proteas’ tail in the five-day format, scoring a maiden Test half-century at Lord’s in 2012.

He recently returned to the ODI squad.


Format M IN NO R HS AVG SR 100S 50S CT ST
Tests 46 61 15 1186 74 25.78 46.85 0 7 14 0
ODIs 30 19 7 151 30* 12.58 70.89 0 0 6 0
T20Is 7 4 0 14 6 3.50 50.00 0 0 1 0
First-class 147 197 38 4187 168 26.33 47.87 2 16 38 0
List A 124 85 28 1343 79* 23.56 75.79 0 5 11 0
Twenty20 101 69 34 862 56* 24.62 134.89 0 1 22 0
Format Mat Balls runs wkts bbm avg econ sr 4w 5w
Tests 46 8450 3840 171 10/102 22.45 2.72 49.4 7 11
ODIs 30 1279 986 41 4/12 24.04 4.62 31.1 2 0
T20Is 7 83 114 4 2/23 28.50 8.24 20.7 0 0
First-class 147 25646 11289 519 21.75 2.64 49.4 30 22
List A 124 5203 4059 126 4/12 32.21 4.68 41.2 3 0
Twenty20 101 1801 2370 79 5/17 30.00 7.89 22.7 1 1

Philander puts ‘tough’ week behind him

Standard Bank Proteas bowler, Vernon Philander, says he is looking to put a ‘tough’ week behind him as he prepares for the fourth Test match against England starting at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday.

Vernon Philander fitness update

Sussex regret to announce that overseas player Vernon Philander will be out of action for a period of two to three weeks, as a result of the groin injury sustained during the Specsavers County Championship match with Kent at Hove this weekend, which prevented him from bowling partly in the 1st innings, and Completely in the Second.

Philander returns to happy hunting ground

Standard Bank Proteas seamer bowler, Vernon Philander, returns to a happy hunting ground for the third Test match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Philander claimed a career-best return of 6/44 and match figures of 10/114

Philander and Rabada make fresh inroads

VERNON PHILANDER and Kagiso Rabada continued the hatchet job they started in the Sri Lanka first innings as the Standard Bank Proteas closed in on a series-clinching victory at the close of the third day in the second Sunfoil Test match at PPC Newlands on Wednesday

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