South Africa news January 21, 2012

Philander awarded national contract

ESPNcricinfo staff

Vernon Philander, the South African fast bowler, has been awarded a national contract in recognition of his strong start to his Test career this summer. In four home Tests, Philander has taken 30 wickets, with four five-wicket hauls, including a match-best of 10 for 102 against Sri Lanka at Centurion.

His 5 for 15 on debut was mainly responsible for Australia being bundled out for 47 at Newlands.

"Vernon has been an outstanding asset for the Proteas' squad this summer and his successes have been well documented," said Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola.

"The awarding of a contract is well deserved and also gives the team management the tools to manage his workload correctly as the Proteas embark on a very busy international year that includes away tours to New Zealand, England and Australia as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka."

At the end of a meeting of CSA's board of directors, it was decided that South Africa will play five Twenty20 internationals in Zimbabwe in June before their tour of England. The team would have played 11 Twenty20 internationals in the build-up to the ICC World Twenty20, including three each in New Zealand and England.

The board accepted a recommendation from Majola to have a workshop to review the structure of the domestic professional competitions.

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  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    5 t20's is just too much...a test, 3 odi's and a 1 t20 would have been better...but then again, there is a t20 world cup this year

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    5 T20s? How ridiculous! Are IPL and Stanbank T20s not enough? Zim needs Tests, they are getting a lot better.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Just as well, Zim need all the cricket they can get at the moment. I'd be happier if we could get a test and a couple of ODI's though.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    5 t20s is not a bad idea!?... wat betta way to prepare for a T20 world cup?

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    How long before 7 match T20 series start...this is just ridiculous. Might as well have cricket's funeral then.

  • John on January 22, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Well deserved I'd say. A lot of Australians are getting very excited about Pattinson and Cummins and, while they are obviously good prospects, De Lange and Philander actually have better figures after the same number of test matches. Kinda makes you wonder how RandyOz claims that SA had the best attack in the world before Australia played in SA but now the Australian attack is better. I guess he means that Hilfenhaus and Siddle are now better than Steyn and Morkel.

  • Pedro on January 22, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I'll be watching this guy closely from Oz. There's a lovely crop of young quicks around at the moment and it's great to see.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Mohammad and Gizza. 5 T20I because they will be preparing for a T20I World Cup, which is in August Later in the year.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Wonder why they didn't play any T20s against Sri Lanka in the current tour. They're one of the best teams in that format. They'll be hosting the T20 world cup and will probably be one of the biggest threats.

  • Ricky on January 22, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Wait till this guy gets to the subcontinent. If he performs like he did in SA I will buy all the media hype otherwise he is just a green track bully.

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