Sri Lanka in South Africa 2011-12 December 24, 2011

Philander strains left knee

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Vernon Philander has suffered a mild strain to his left knee and will be monitored before being cleared to play in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Durban that starts on December 26. Philander picked up the injury while bowling in the nets on Saturday and was treated immediately.

"He came off and received the necessary treatment from the physiotherapist, including icing and strapping," Mohammed Moosajee, South African team manager said. "He will be treated overnight and he will come and bowl tomorrow, once some of the swelling and inflammation settles and if anything untoward happens, we will decide. Right now, we are still confident he will be ready for the Test."

Philander has made an explosive start to his Test career, starting against Australia last month. He is only the fifth player to claim four five-wicket hauls in his first three Tests and the first South African to achieve the feat. After being dropped from the national team three years ago, it was a comeback that drew praises even from his former critics. Philander credited the last two-seasons of first-class cricket, in which he took 80 wickets in the SuperSport Series, with grooming him for success at a higher level.

The only other seamer in South Africa's squad is Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was recalled after missing the Australia series with a side strain. He was assessed by CSA's medical team on Friday and although he has recovered from the injury, he is in the final stages of his rehabilitation and is not fully ready to play a Test just yet. "He is bowling at 90-95% now," Moosajee said.

Marchant de Lange, who was part of the squad for the first Test, has been released to his franchise, the Titans. He is scheduled to play in their first-class match against the Lions that starts on Tuesday, but may be recalled to the national side if necessary.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • zenboomerang on December 26, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    @SamRoy... Yes Stuart Clark was a very good bowler... Under-rated by both the selectors & Ponting & wasn't given a fair go... Your SA team looks to have the pace attack to take on any nation atm, so looks good & will be hard to beat in the foreseeable future... Good luck...

  • Mark00 on December 25, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    A Christmas miracle for Sri Lanka!

  • nickydude on December 25, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Well, with the form Philander is in, he will be even a handful with a short runup or even spin with gentle off cutters! At the competitive best, the headlines we see will be like " Amazing Lanka, take match into 4th day, or into 5th, with an astonishing performance!"

  • almeda_riddle on December 25, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @Darshan Dias Abeysinghe - I don't understand what you mean when you say "because the success your talking about is not winning a home series in almost 3 years" - what success was I talking about? & what does the last series of SA touring SL have to do with anything? Did you even read my post?

  • Roshini on December 25, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Boy! even a wheel chair bound Philander will be too much for the Lankans at this stage.

  • SamRoy on December 25, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @jonesy2 I know you are a staunch Aussie supporter but please have some cricketing sense. Dale Steyn is comparable to Ryan Harris! What has Ryan Harris proved in his career. Its never about one or two season purple patch. That way even Steve Harmison (most overhyped English bowler) is better than Glenn Mcgrath. It's about sustained dominance. Remember Stuart Clark? Very good bowler (much better than Harris). After one season was compared to Glenn Mcgrath. Faded away in his third season in international cricket. International career is over for that guy.

  • on December 25, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @almeda_riddle SAF should not be speaking too much because the success your talking about is not winning a home series in almost 3 years. Being completely outplayed the last time they went to SL, and most importantly have NOT won this series as yet either.

  • almeda_riddle on December 25, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @Nick.coll - exactly what point are you trying to make? That S Africans shouldn't be allowed to talk about the second test against Sri Lanka because they've only won one limited overs tournament? Or perhaps that the intelligence of fans in any country is in direct proportion to the success of their players? Same for thush0109 - nice long paragraph that says absolutely nothing.

  • on December 25, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    We shall see who of South Africa or Australia moves up, who moves down or stay where they are on the ICC Test Cricket Rankings after these two respective series in South Africa and Australia. We shall see. My prediction is that South Africa will move one position up to no. 2 and Australia stay right where they are at no.4 behind India at no. 3, because frankly they are no better than no. 4!

  • Nick.coll on December 25, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    SAF Fans cannot speak Too much about their country coz they have not won a Major Tournament xcept for one ICC champions Trophy Back on 1998..omg It's hard to believe that SAF cannot Win a Major Tournament Ever since.cheers

  • zenboomerang on December 26, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    @SamRoy... Yes Stuart Clark was a very good bowler... Under-rated by both the selectors & Ponting & wasn't given a fair go... Your SA team looks to have the pace attack to take on any nation atm, so looks good & will be hard to beat in the foreseeable future... Good luck...

  • Mark00 on December 25, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    A Christmas miracle for Sri Lanka!

  • nickydude on December 25, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Well, with the form Philander is in, he will be even a handful with a short runup or even spin with gentle off cutters! At the competitive best, the headlines we see will be like " Amazing Lanka, take match into 4th day, or into 5th, with an astonishing performance!"

  • almeda_riddle on December 25, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    @Darshan Dias Abeysinghe - I don't understand what you mean when you say "because the success your talking about is not winning a home series in almost 3 years" - what success was I talking about? & what does the last series of SA touring SL have to do with anything? Did you even read my post?

  • Roshini on December 25, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Boy! even a wheel chair bound Philander will be too much for the Lankans at this stage.

  • SamRoy on December 25, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @jonesy2 I know you are a staunch Aussie supporter but please have some cricketing sense. Dale Steyn is comparable to Ryan Harris! What has Ryan Harris proved in his career. Its never about one or two season purple patch. That way even Steve Harmison (most overhyped English bowler) is better than Glenn Mcgrath. It's about sustained dominance. Remember Stuart Clark? Very good bowler (much better than Harris). After one season was compared to Glenn Mcgrath. Faded away in his third season in international cricket. International career is over for that guy.

  • on December 25, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    @almeda_riddle SAF should not be speaking too much because the success your talking about is not winning a home series in almost 3 years. Being completely outplayed the last time they went to SL, and most importantly have NOT won this series as yet either.

  • almeda_riddle on December 25, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @Nick.coll - exactly what point are you trying to make? That S Africans shouldn't be allowed to talk about the second test against Sri Lanka because they've only won one limited overs tournament? Or perhaps that the intelligence of fans in any country is in direct proportion to the success of their players? Same for thush0109 - nice long paragraph that says absolutely nothing.

  • on December 25, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    We shall see who of South Africa or Australia moves up, who moves down or stay where they are on the ICC Test Cricket Rankings after these two respective series in South Africa and Australia. We shall see. My prediction is that South Africa will move one position up to no. 2 and Australia stay right where they are at no.4 behind India at no. 3, because frankly they are no better than no. 4!

  • Nick.coll on December 25, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    SAF Fans cannot speak Too much about their country coz they have not won a Major Tournament xcept for one ICC champions Trophy Back on 1998..omg It's hard to believe that SAF cannot Win a Major Tournament Ever since.cheers

  • on December 25, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    @thush0109 Steyn,Ntini,Nel,Boje and Hall is one of the best bowling combinations of all time? I do hope you are joking. There are so many better bowling combinations then that. Also, their record partnership was in Sri Lanka and not South Africa.

  • Amol_Gh on December 25, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    AUS once put a 16-match winning streak. I hope SA believe that they have started one here which in fact should have started with the AUS series in November but unfortunately they lost the 2nd Test due to the lack of application and consistency and NOT due to the lack of ability. Once a team understands that winning is a habit, it can only go in one direction. Towards the Top. So I hope SA believe that they have started the habit and I hope they gobble up ENG and AUS in the upcoming series.

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    jonathen josephs how many times will india beat england in england 2007 they have done that but i think still yu cry can you tell me england have not won even single test in india lolzzzz also india drew in 2002 just beated injury jolted side first prove yourself then shout

  • on December 25, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    jonathen josephs how many times will india beat england in england 2007 they have done that but i think still yu cry can you tell me england have not won even single test in india lolzzzz also india drew in 2002 just beated injury jolted side first prove yourself then shout

  • Luckwin on December 25, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    SA will Not Loose Any only they Miss is one Speed bowler ...

  • zenboomerang on December 25, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... Yes, jonesy2 comments are a bit of a stretch - re: Johnson... BTW - Cummins injury isn't stress related - it is a bruised heal, which all fast bowlers get at some time... Only his age (18) is the reason he isn't bowling now - selectors do not want to over-use him... Johnson - I would suggest 75% of cricket fans want him to prove consistency before returning to Test level... As Hilfenhaus has... I don't think resilience has anything to do with being injury free & yes, luck is involved... Maybe the reason the Oz & Indian bowlers get injuries is because we try 100% of the time... Philander seems to be the SA bowler giving 100% atm - & got an injury... Also Aust & India play a lot more cricket than SA does...

  • RandyOZ on December 25, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Good to see a few poms hanging around looking to poach more Saffers

  • on December 25, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Someone's dreamig to win the match , less than in 3 days ....but Sri lanka will fire this time .. let's see what will happen to poor South Africans ..

  • johnathonjosephs on December 25, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Philander has lots of promise, but then again, the conditions for him have been extremely favorable. He will face the real test in the subcontinent. Just like Team India. They were ranked the Top #1 Test Team and I really disagreed. My buddies kept telling me, but I told them if they could beat England in England, I would rank them. The rest, as they say, is history

  • fozameer on December 25, 2011, 1:24 GMT

    good bowler no doubt!!! i will only agree once i see him performing in the subcontinent.. the pitches in SA are bowlers friendly so no big surprise,and mostly i have seen him ruining the tail enders. best of luck with his future

  • johnathonjosephs on December 25, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    And here is SL chance to win a match. Steyn and Co only knocked out the tail while this man did the real damage

  • Malcolm9876 on December 25, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Ouch, has picked up a knee injury. A sportsman should not be too eager to crush a visiting team.

  • thush0109 on December 24, 2011, 23:12 GMT

    Seems like Sth africans fans are verry hapy with the way their team playing at the moment but cricket is a game u always need some luck to go with it.this is the time that Srilanka aren't having much luck with their bowlers and also batsmen.IF south africa are a really good team they should have defeated Under performing Australia in recent test series they finished...and They should not forget Mahela and Sanga sharing the highest wicket parternship against SOUTH AFRICA in test..backthen they had Steyn,Ntini,Nel,Boje and Hall.(this was one of the best bowling combinations at that time)and none of them could not do anything against Srilankan batsmen..they just stayed in the field like scarecrows..and Sri Lanka has been always successful in major tournaments and have won enough..southafrica even cannot react to the WC finals.i think they should stop talking too much and wait and see how the game goes..

  • on December 24, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    so what has been year of debutant bowlers can merchant de lange debut and make an impact in last match

  • Alexk400 on December 24, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Marchant de Lange will be better than philander. Not initially but over long term. better than Mojo lost morkel.

  • on December 24, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    hopefully Dale Stayn too will get injured..lol..I want this match to ast at least 4 days !

  • on December 24, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Come on SA, lets have one more rocking performance like d last test match. Lets win this one in less than 3 days .. Go SA :) :)

  • on December 24, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    If Philander, Steyn are both out of the game, then maybe Sri-Lanka can earn a draw.

  • leftarmtweaker on December 24, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistan are an ever-growing threat in cricketing spheres at the moment, and if they play their cards right, I could see them pommeling England.

  • leftarmtweaker on December 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Philander is a good bowler on home turf, but as a South African, I feel he'll not have the same amount of success overseas. And why is he being labeled as a world-class bowler? The man has played against two out-of-form batting line-ups. Put him against India or England and see what will happen! Personally, I'd prefer giving Marchant de Lange a chance to debut in place of Morkel who appeared to have lost his radar at Centurion. de Lange is arguably the most consistently quick bowler in the South African line-up and it's worth mentioning the Sri Lankan batsmen are poor against real fast bowling....

  • on December 24, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    i will agree when he finish good number of wickets in subcontinental tour, its doesn't matter to swing the ball in africa england new zealands.

  • jmcilhinney on December 24, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    @jonesy2, also, are you having a laugh about it being unlucky that Johnson is injured? At least half the country wanted his head. Are you saying that India are unlucky to have lost Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron and maybe Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma too? I doubt that you've ever suggested that that is bad luck.

  • jmcilhinney on December 24, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @jonesy2, it's all very well saying that SA have been lucky but maybe they have just produced more resilient bowlers. Hard work has a lot to do with success but, let's face it, "god-given" talent is also a must. You can't really say on the one hand that your team is better because they have naturally talented players and then on the other hand claim bad luck when the same players keep going down with injuries. Many Australians are happy to ridicule India and Zaheer Khan but I'd put Harris in the same boat. The guy doesn't look like he'll ever be fit for more than a short period at a time. Watson is the same. I'd say that it's probably more good luck that he's had an injury-free period. All players will have injuries at times but resilience is one of the requirements for a really great player. Talent is useless if you can't play. I hope for his sake and Australia's that Cummins doesn't wind up the same but a stress injury after one test at 18 years old isn't a good sign.

  • on December 24, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    He's a dangerous bowler.he is a talented bowler he can swing the bowl both ways and also he has good height so thats why he troubles the batsman.and he has a decent pace.

  • jonesy2 on December 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    SA have been lucky with the injuries. if steyn (harris), morkel (johnson), vilander (cummins) and kallis (watson) get injured SA have similar problems to Aus, luckily for them its not the case

  • Charindra on December 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    For our sake, I hope he doesn't recover. But best of luck to him for the future! :)

  • AnthonyA on December 24, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    hope he's able to play in the Boxing Day Test, I really enjoy watching him Bowl

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Please Philander, take some rest :P

  • on December 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    chandimal will hammer Philander...

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  • on December 24, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    chandimal will hammer Philander...

  • on December 24, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Please Philander, take some rest :P

  • AnthonyA on December 24, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    hope he's able to play in the Boxing Day Test, I really enjoy watching him Bowl

  • Charindra on December 24, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    For our sake, I hope he doesn't recover. But best of luck to him for the future! :)

  • jonesy2 on December 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    SA have been lucky with the injuries. if steyn (harris), morkel (johnson), vilander (cummins) and kallis (watson) get injured SA have similar problems to Aus, luckily for them its not the case

  • on December 24, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    He's a dangerous bowler.he is a talented bowler he can swing the bowl both ways and also he has good height so thats why he troubles the batsman.and he has a decent pace.

  • jmcilhinney on December 24, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @jonesy2, it's all very well saying that SA have been lucky but maybe they have just produced more resilient bowlers. Hard work has a lot to do with success but, let's face it, "god-given" talent is also a must. You can't really say on the one hand that your team is better because they have naturally talented players and then on the other hand claim bad luck when the same players keep going down with injuries. Many Australians are happy to ridicule India and Zaheer Khan but I'd put Harris in the same boat. The guy doesn't look like he'll ever be fit for more than a short period at a time. Watson is the same. I'd say that it's probably more good luck that he's had an injury-free period. All players will have injuries at times but resilience is one of the requirements for a really great player. Talent is useless if you can't play. I hope for his sake and Australia's that Cummins doesn't wind up the same but a stress injury after one test at 18 years old isn't a good sign.

  • jmcilhinney on December 24, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    @jonesy2, also, are you having a laugh about it being unlucky that Johnson is injured? At least half the country wanted his head. Are you saying that India are unlucky to have lost Praveen Kumar, Varun Aaron and maybe Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma too? I doubt that you've ever suggested that that is bad luck.

  • on December 24, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    i will agree when he finish good number of wickets in subcontinental tour, its doesn't matter to swing the ball in africa england new zealands.

  • leftarmtweaker on December 24, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Philander is a good bowler on home turf, but as a South African, I feel he'll not have the same amount of success overseas. And why is he being labeled as a world-class bowler? The man has played against two out-of-form batting line-ups. Put him against India or England and see what will happen! Personally, I'd prefer giving Marchant de Lange a chance to debut in place of Morkel who appeared to have lost his radar at Centurion. de Lange is arguably the most consistently quick bowler in the South African line-up and it's worth mentioning the Sri Lankan batsmen are poor against real fast bowling....