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South Africa in New Zealand 2016-17

Philander primed for Test return

Feb 23, 2017: Vernon Philander has recovered from a slight ankle impingement and is expected to take his usual place in South Africa's Test squad, which departs for New Zealand in the weekend

Firdose Moonda

South Africa news

South Africa ponder Philander ODI recall

Feb 9, 2017: Charl Langeveldt, South Africa's bowling coach, has suggested Vernon Philander could return to take the new ball during the Champions Trophy in England

Firdose Moonda

Sri Lanka in South Africa 2016-17

SA attack feasts on weaknesses, but Bavuma form a concern

Jan 15, 2017: It quickly became a one-sided series as South Africa made the most of home advantage. ESPNcricinfo assesses those who took part

Firdose Moonda

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Abbott's absence cannot undermine South Africa's surge

Jan 14, 2017: Duanne Olivier and Wayne Parnell impressed in helpful conditions against supine opponents, as South Africa made strides in their search for a third seamer

Firdose Moonda at Johannesburg

Test bowling nominees

Broad wrecks, Herath befuddles

Jan 10, 2017: Sharp spin, searing swing and more in our pick of the best Test bowling performances of 2016

Karthik Krishnaswamy

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 4th day

Du Plessis hails 'perfect' Rabada

Jan 5, 2017: Faf du Plessis has called Kagiso Rabada the "perfect bowler for a captain" following the 282-run domination of Sri Lanka at Newlands

Andrew Fidel Fernando at Newlands

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 3rd day

Abbott cuts lonely figure as the future swirls around him

Jan 4, 2017: Kyle Abbott's anticipated departure for a Kolpak deal with Hampshire means he could be playing in his final Test for South Africa

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 3rd day

South Africa close in on series victory

Jan 4, 2017: South Africa made inevitable progress towards the victory in Cape Town that would bring them a Test series win against a Sri Lanka side whose batting naivety has become more apparent as the series progresses

The Report by David Hopps

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Lack of follow-on grants SA attack valuable rest

Jan 3, 2017: Vernon Philander said South Africa's decision not to enforce the follow-on in Cape Town was in order to give their three-man pace attack a rest during back-to-back Tests

Firdose Moonda at Newlands

Second lowest total for Sri Lanka against South Africa

Sri Lanka's collapse, and the personal landmarks of Rabada and Philander

Jan 3, 2017: Stats highlights from the second day's play of the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Gaurav Sundararaman

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town, 2nd day

Rabada, Philander dismantle Sri Lanka

Jan 3, 2017: Sri Lanka disintegrated to 110 all out on the second day in Cape Town as Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander collected eight wickets between them

The Report by David Hopps

'There are a lot more tough days than successful days in a fast-bowling career'

Dec 19, 2016: Former South Africa bowling coach Vincent Barnes talks about developing fast bowlers, injury prevention, and the extreme pace of Dale Steyn

Interview by Crispin Andrews

County news

County nomad Philander makes Sussex stop No. 5

Dec 9, 2016: Vernon Philander has made Sussex his fifth county on a short-term deal in 2017

David Hopps

South Africa in Australia 2016-17

Du Plessis, Philander want more pink-ball games

Nov 27, 2016: South Africa's stand-in captain Faf du Plessis said his team weren't skeptical about the pink ball anymore

Firdose Moonda in Adelaide

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Hobart, 1st day

Philander conjures up his UK state of mind

Nov 12, 2016: On the first morning in Hobart, Vernon Philander had just enough help from the conditions and the batsmen to decimate Australia in his inimitable, no-frills style

Firdose Moonda in Hobart

Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Hobart, 1st day

South Africa lead after Philander razes Australia for 85

Nov 12, 2016: Vernon Philander took five wickets as Australia were rolled for 85 on the first day in Hobart

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 4th day

Bavuma swoops to lift South Africa's spirits

Nov 6, 2016: Just when Australia's openers were beginning to stretch a depleted bowling attack, Temba Bavuma came up with a moment of magic that reinforced South Africa's dominance at the WACA

Firdose Moonda in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 2nd day

'We want to win this game for Dale' - Philander

Nov 4, 2016: Vernon Philander has said he and Kagiso Rabada "owe it to" the injured Dale Steyn to take extra responsibility in his absence and win the Perth Test for South Africa

Firdose Moonda in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 2nd day

South Africa's attack prospers by sharing the load

Nov 4, 2016: In the absence of their bowling spearhead, South Africa's attack trumped over inexperience and expectations of failure to deliver an advantage to their side

Firdose Moonda in Perth

Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Perth, 2nd day

South Africa bounce back on eventful day

Nov 4, 2016: The second morning began with Australia firmly on top; the third will start with South Africa in a position of strength

The Report by Brydon Coverdale
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