Vernon Philander To Officially Retire From International Cricket After The Ongoing England Series!
South African fast bowler Vernon Philander has announced his retirement from International Cricket after the Upcoming series against England. South Africa are scheduled to host England for a four-test series starting Boxing Day. Philander proved to be a prolific wicket-taker for the Proteas and entered the Test arena with a bang notching up 51 wickets in his first seven matches. The feat earned him the prestigious South African Cricketer of the Year award in 2012.
The swing bowler made his international debut on the 24th June 2007 v Ireland, which also happened to be his 22nd Birthday. The talented right-arm bowler soon after suffered a career-threatening back problem that ruled him out of cricket for quite a while. Thereafter consistent domestic performances earned him a Test cap in 2011 against Australia.
Philander, whose fans must surely be unhappy with this decision to hang his boots, said that it was the right time for him to leave. He thanked his father and went on top say that he felt blessed to have played the game with some of the best players. He further thanked everyone who was a part of his cricketing journey.
South Africa meanwhile have their task cut out against England as the new coaching staff begins their journey under the able leadership of Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith. The team will surely want to turn around the results after a shocking World Cup campaign and a dismal Indian tour.