Vernon Philander announces retirement from International Cricket:
South African allrounder, Vernon Philander, has announced that he will retire from all international cricket following South Africa’s 4-match Test series against England.
The 34-year-old has played 60 Test matches for South Africa after his debut against Australia at Cape Town in November 2011. He has claimed 216 wickets at an average of 22.16 and scored more than 1600 runs at an average of 24.16. He also played 30 ODIs, where he took 41 wickets at an average of 24.04. He only played 7 T20Is so far and took just 4 wickets. He represented Cape Town Blitz in the recent edition of the Mzansi Super League.
Cricket South Africa’s newly appointed Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said about Vernon Philander that he had been an outstanding performer in the time that he represented his country, especially in the Test format of the game. Graeme Smith added that Philander has made a huge impact for the Proteas and has been at the frontline with the ball for most of his time in the setup, and the way he turned himself into an all-rounder has been particularly pleasing to watch.
Vernon Philander speaks about his retirement:
Philander said that it has been an honor and privilege for him to have played alongside the very best in the game as well as being part of the best team for several years. He said that he feels that it is the appropriate time to conclude what has been an amazing journey. He thanked CSA, the Cape Cobras, all the coaches, management, captains and teammates and also the fans from all over the world for their love and support.
“I would like to say a special thanks to my wife, family and friends for your loyalty and support on this journey which has obviously had its ups and downs. And to my number one fan since day one – Mom, thank you so much. I would like to express my gratitude to all the sponsors of the game of cricket in South Africa as well as my own amazing sponsors who have become like family over the years.” Vernon Philander said.