Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 January 20, 2013

Philander returns for Pakistan Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Vernon Philander, the South Africa seamer, has recovered from the hamstring injury that had ruled him out of the second Test against New Zealand, and is part of the squad for the first Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg starting on February 1. The only player from the squad for the Tests against New Zealand who doesn't find a mention for the first Test against Pakistan is seamer Ryan McLaren.

"We have given a full vote of confidence to the squad of 13 that did duty in the recent Sunfoil Series against New Zealand," Andrew Hudson, Cricket South Africa's selection convenor, said. "Rory Kleinveldt and Jacques Rudolph will again provide the bowling and batting cover if necessary. At the moment there are no injury concerns.

"We are very happy with the job that Rory did against New Zealand when Vernon dropped out, while Jacques provides us with a lot of experience as the cover batsman. We have quite a few inexperienced batsmen in our top order and we feel that a bit of extra experience will be useful should the need arise."

South Africa beat New Zealand comprehensively, winning both Tests, and play Pakistan in three Test matches, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Centurion.

South Africa squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Jacques Rudolph, Dale Steyn.

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  • Hassaan on January 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Plz note... 2-1 win to Pakistan

  • Hammad on January 23, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    This is going to be a cracking series. Leaving all the bashing and abusing. we will finally get to see some good cricket. All in all, whosoever wins by whatsoever margin, it will be the spectator's victory. I also believe in a very long time, this will be a series of bowlers rather than batsmen,just like in the 70s and 80s, with batsmen only scoring on their techniques instead of the helping pitches. Both teams have a realistic chance of taking this, but home advantage is South Africa's . Pakistan is not a bad team but they have not yet played in bowling friendly conditions, and that will be a real test. Still looking for a fascinating series. The first tour match will probably show what the series is going to contain.

  • Thabang on January 22, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    If Pakistan can make the game last for four to five days the might have a chance,But then again there are five SA batsman who are in the Top 20 in the rankings,not to mention Faf.Sorry Pakistan u are just going to help the Proteas extend the points on the ranking system.

  • Imran on January 21, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I am so glad that people from all around are waiting for this this series. Few negative comments from some indians but apart from that its a quite awaited series for cricket lovers. I hope Pakistani Teams show some good cricket. All we wana see and good contest between and a number one test side and a number one talented side. can't wait the series to begin.

  • Ahmad on January 21, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    It ll b a great test for new cummers who just joined Pakistan team few months back in like of Junaid khan ,Muhammad Arfan how they bowl in SOuth Africa..nd lot more depend on SAeed ajmal too..Nodoubt he is world class bowler not easy to face him so there will be somehow great compitition between Amla,Smith,Kallis,Pietersen,Devilliers and PAk bowling..Pakistan batting is always a issue specially on bouncy track but i hope this time MISbah ,Jamshed,HAfeez,TAufeeq,Younas ,Azhar nd Shafiq play well specially they early over of MORkel and Steyn..I am sure if Pakistani batsman able to make some great partnerships then it ll b a great series to watch out..

  • Yasir on January 21, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Leave Steyn & Philander asie..I am more worried about Pieterson..The way our batsmen played him in lately..It seemed like Pak batsmen were totally clueless against him

  • Faizan on January 21, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I can't see Saffers handling Junaid, Irfan, Gul and Ajmal. Pakistani batting not as weak as our fellow Saffers think. Pakistan should win comfortably, a white wash :)

  • Anas on January 21, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Remember Hafeez-Steyn rivalry in the last Test series in UAE?... Where Hafeez used to smash Steyn for few boundaries early on and then Steyn strikes back with his wicket. Lots of stare also from Steyn. Hope to see it again but this time don't want the wicket thing to happen. ;)

  • Furqan on January 21, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    a suggestion to gary " rest Steyn,Morkel and Philander for tests" a new bowling hero will arise in the shape of Robin Peterson

  • steven on January 21, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I cant see Pakistan handling our bowlers on the bouncy S.A wickets. SA should win comfortably.

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