South Africa’s esteemed fast bowler Vernon Philander has declared his intentions to quit international cricket by the end of the four-Test series against England at home. The 34-year-old made his Test debut in 2011 and has gone on to become one of the revered pacemen to represent the Proteas.
He is ranked seventh in the list for highest Test wicket-takers for South Africa, having picked 216 wickets across 60 games in the format. As his career progressed, his batting skills often shone as well helping him cement his status in the side as an impactful all-rounder. The latter stages of his career, however, have been beset by frequent bouts of injuries.
“I would like to hereby announce that I will be retiring from international cricket at the conclusion of the Test series against England,” Philander’s statement read.
“I feel that it is the appropriate time to conclude what has been an amazing journey. It has been a honour and privilege to have played alongside the very best in the game as well as being part of the best test team for a number of years,” he added.