Proteas seam bowling allrounder Vernon Philander will miss the second Test against Sri Lanka which starts on Thursday at St George’s Park.
Sri Lanka lead the series after a remarkable final wicket stand earned them an incredible 1 wicket victory in Durban on the back of a brilliant unbeaten ton from Kusal Perera.
The 33-year old Philander is ranked at No.4 in the Test Bowling Rankings and fifth in the charts for all-rounders and is slated to be out for 10-12 days ruling him out of the encounter and leaving a big hole.
Uncapped all-rounder Wiaan Mulder is likely to come in as his replacement. The 21-year-old was a late inclusion in the first Test squad but missed out on the match XI.
“Vernon’s got a grade 1 hamstring strain‚” said head coach and former West Indies fast bowler Ottis Gibson. “This is the last Test match of the summer and he’s pretty much out for 10 to 12 days‚ which rules him out of this Test match.
“We will look at the conditions and then we will try make the best decision for the team. Obviously‚ Mulder would be a like-for-like replacement for Vernon‚ so that is something that we will consider as well.”
Gibson the Proteas were not thinking about revenge but rather were focused on improving their performance looking particularly at how they bowled to Perera during his 153 not out.
“There’s absolutely no focus on revenge,” he said.
“We are just focusing on playing a little bit better perhaps. When you look at what happened in Durban you have to give them a lot of credit. We threw everything at him and he withstood all of that. We bowled spin‚ we went around the wicket‚ over the wicket‚ we bounced him‚ we tried to york him.
“We did everything. And that’s the nature of sport‚ sometimes‚ somebody has a day and he then makes a personal best score to win a Test match. The thing for us and sport in general‚ is there is always another opportunity to put things right and we are all very eager to get things started on Thursday.”
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