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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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

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