South Africa’s seam bowler Vernon Philander bid adieu to the International cricket at the conclusion of the 4th and final Test match against England. The veteran fast bowler represented South Africa in 64 Test matches in which he took 224 wickets at an average of 24.04.
Philander’s exhilarating career was hailed by many cricketers including his former team mate AB de Villiers. The wicket-keeper batsman paid a tribute to the Proteas fast bowler on Twitter. AB de Villiers summarized Philander’s great career in the sentimental words of comradeship and said that it was a privilege playing with the right-arm medium pacer.
The 34-year old has left a gap in this South African team which will not be filled easily. Philander also participated in 30 ODIs and 7 T20Is for South Africa. The career, which began with a debut at Cape Town in 2011, concluded in the neighboring city of Johannesburg with some exquisite stats under Vernon’s belt.