D. Philander is Africa's seventh most successful Test bowler
Took 8/78 wickets against Australia in debut match
Dainik BhaskarDec 23, 2019, 07:58 PM IST Sports Desk. South African fast bowler Vernon Philander will retire from all formats of cricket after the upcoming Test series against England. He announced this while issuing a statement on Monday. In his statement, he said, 'I want to announce that I will retire from international cricket after the end of the Test series against England. I think this is the right time to take retirement while stopping this wonderful journey '. The first match of this series of four Test matches will be played at Centurion from 26 December.
Philander went on to say, 'At the moment my whole focus and energy is on helping my team to defeat England and I am also very excited for this.' Philander played a total of 97 matches in all three formats for South Africa in his 12-year-long international career, in which he took a total of 261 wickets, as well as 1784 runs.
Proteas all-rounder Vernon Philander (@ VDP_24), has called time on an exemplary international career with the announcement of his retirement from all forms of international cricket at the end of the Test series against England in January 2020. # BigVernRetires # Thread pic. twitter.com/GqRDtXHqsx
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 23, 2019
South Africa's seventh most successful bowler
In 2007, 34-year-old Philander made his international debut. In his career spanning over 12 years, he has played 60 Tests so far, taking 216 wickets. He is the seventh most successful Test bowler in his country. However, due to injury suffered during the last 18 months, he could play only six matches for his team. In ODIs, he has taken 41 wickets in 30 matches and 4 wickets in 7 matches in T20 career.
'Player of the match' in debut test
Philander played the debut test against Australia in Cape Town in November 2011. He took 8/78 wickets in this match. After which he was voted 'Player of the Match'. In the second innings of the match, he took 5/15 wickets in seven overs, after which the visiting team was reduced to just 47 runs. The match was won by the hosts by 8 wickets. In addition Philander set a new record with 51 wickets in the first seven Tests. After which he was selected for South Africa's Cricketer of the Year Award for the year 2012.
Thanked everyone for the support
Philander said on this occasion, 'I want to thank my late father, whose blessings gave me the opportunity to play for my country for 12 years. It is an honor and privilege to be with the best people in the game. To thank the support staff, he said, "Thank you also to the South African Cricket Board, all coaches, management members, captains, all teammates and most importantly the fans from all over the world for their love and support."
The South African team will host four Tests against England. After this, a series of three ODIs and as many T20 matches will be played.