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South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day

A show of guts and resolve from Rabada and Philander

Jan 25, 2018: Hashim Amla put on a special act at the Wanderers but needed some support. He found it in unlikely quarters

Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg

No insecurity in four-pronged pace pack if you put ego aside - Philander

Jan 22, 2018: Ahead of his 50th Test, Vernon Philander admitted it could be tough being part of a four-pronged pace pack that is packed with star quality, but only if he thought just about himself

Firdose Moonda in Johannesburg

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion

The seven quicks that South Africa can choose from

Jan 12, 2018: With seven fast-bowling options in South Africa's squad, here's a look at their certainties, contenders and outsiders for the second Test against India

Firdose Moonda in Centurion

South Africa v India, 1st Test, Cape Town, 4th day

Big Vern reels in the big fish

Jan 8, 2018: Over the course of 13 balls delivered from his favourite Wynberg End, Vernon Philander set Virat Kohli up and sent him back with the most artful of knockout blows

Sidharth Monga in Cape Town

South Africa v India, 1st Test, Cape Town, 4th day

'A master of his craft'

Jan 8, 2018: Vernon Philander took the plaudits after a career-best effort gave South Africa the series lead in a low-scoring encounter at Newlands

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South Africa v India, 1st Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Did we see the first and the last of South Africa's pace quartet?

Jan 6, 2018: When Steyn went off the field, we were quickly faced with the reality that this quartet may not play many matches together

Firdose Moonda in Cape Town

India in South Africa 2017-18

Philander not convinced yet that Kohli's India travel better

Jan 3, 2018: Asked about the general reputation this India team seems to carry - of being better travellers than the earlier teams - the South Africa quick said he wasn't impressed just yet

Sidharth Monga in Cape Town

Sunfoil Series 2017-18

First win in twelve Sunfoil games as Titans trounce Lions

Oct 26, 2017: Two more draws added to the pile though, in the latest round of Sunfoil Series games

Firdose Moonda

South Africa news

Philander back to domestic cricket after injury break

Oct 22, 2017: The South Africa quick, who has not played since July due to back spasms, is set to turn out for Cobras in a first-class fixture against Dolphins from Monday

Firdose Moonda

South Africa vs Bangladesh 2017-18

Philander ruled out of Bangladesh Tests

Sep 27, 2017: The South Africa fast bowler continues to recover from a lower-back niggle and aims to regain full fitness by mid-October

Firdose Moonda

South Africa news

Philander joins Steyn on first-class sidelines

Sep 15, 2017: The fast bowler is in the final phase of rehabilitation from the back injury he sustained during the England tour, and has been ruled out of the Cobras' season-opening first-class fixture against the Knights

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in England, 2017

Heartache tonight (and every night)

Aug 10, 2017: Our correspondent follows two South African teams about on the disappointing final legs of their respective tours

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Philander warned over poor fitness record

Aug 7, 2017: Vernon Philander will work on his conditioning ahead of a packed home summer scheduled to feature 10 Tests, including two four-match series against India and Australia

Firdose Moonda at Old Trafford

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Graeme Smith questions Philander's fitness levels

Aug 4, 2017: South Africa are having to try and level the series against England without Vernon Philander which has led to him receiving some significant criticism

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

South Africa sweat over struggling Philander

Aug 3, 2017: After battling illness last week, Philander has now been struck with back spasms on the eve of the final Test at Old Trafford and faces a fitness test

Firdose Moonda at Old Trafford

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Fit Philander aiming to provide missing edge

Aug 2, 2017: Vernon Philander has recovered from the illness that affected him during the third Test and hopes to bring his ability with bat and ball to bear on leveling the series in Manchester

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Elgar's fight can't make up for Philander gamble

Jul 31, 2017: It was not Vernon Philander's fault that South Africa were badly beaten at The Oval with the batting, especially, under scrutiny

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Philander to remain in hospital overnight

Jul 28, 2017: Philander was only able to bowl five overs on the second day at The Oval and was later sent for tests which revealed a possible viral infection

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler

Jul 28, 2017: Despite other bowlers' ability to bowl quicker or swing the ball more, Vernon Philander has remained South Africa's most bankable bowler in Tests

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England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Philander leaves England feeling queasy

Jul 27, 2017: Vernon Philander became ill shortly before the start of the Test but it did not stop him producing three high-class spells of seam bowling

Firdose Moonda at The Oval
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