South Africa news April 9, 2012

Philander happy not to be in IPL

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Vernon Philander, South Africa's new-ball Test sensation, admitted it is "a good thing" he did not get picked up in the IPL this year, because he will benefit more from his stint with Somerset in the County Championship. Philander signed up with Somerset late last year but his contract contained a clause that he would not turn up in Taunton if he secured an IPL deal.

Fate conspired to ensure that Philander would play in England though. Four IPL franchises were reportedly in the running to bid for Philander but no one did and he went unsold at the February 4 auction. His base price was set at $200,000, considered too steep for an international newcomer. Others, like Marchant de Lange, were contracted for $50,000 but Philander's heavy price tag meant he joined the likes of Mark Boucher and Lonwabo Tsotsobe on the sidelines.

The IPL snub meant that Philander's decision was made for him. He headed to Somerset less than a week after arriving back in South Africa from the tour of New Zealand. Gary Kirsten, South Africa's national coach, had expressed concern that Philander would be required to bowl in four-day cricket without much rest in between. But Philander showed no signs of fatigue and opened his English summer with a five-for in his first match. The South African management hopes that his time at Somerset will serve as an ideal preparation for when South Africa tour England this July to challenge for the No. 1 spot in Test cricket.

Philander believes it will. "The IPL has pros and cons, and I think it's a good thing I didn't get it this year," Philander told ESPNcricinfo. "I can do some preparation ahead of the England series."

Philander is no stranger to England. He spent time in the country as a schoolboy during an exchange programme, toured there with the South Africa Under-19s in 2003 and had stints at Devon and Middlesex. The conditions in England are believed to be the best suited to Philander's style of bowling: fast-medium pace, unwavering lines and lengths, slight movement off the seam and swing both ways.

He insists his bowling style will work "anywhere in the world" but said he will not bank on assistance from conditions, no matter where he is playing. "I normally prepare for flat wickets," Philander said before leaving for New Zealand, when talk was rife that seamer-friendly surfaces would be on offer. Philander had success in Dunedin and Wellington, where the pitches suited batting. However, he went wicketless in the second innings in Wellington, the only such instance in his short but successful career.

It was part of the learning curve in his journey as a cricketer and he embraced the challenges wholeheartedly. "It was a long road to get where I am," he said. "I didn't expect to take as many wickets but I did expect to step up to the plate."

Philander was called up to the South Africa Test squad after two profitable seasons in the first-class game, in which he took 94 wickets. He made his Test debut at his home ground, Newlands, but has since taken wickets around the country and in New Zealand.

"I always want to test my skills in different places," he said. For now, the opportunity to do so arises primarily in Test cricket as Philander has not had many opportunities in the other formats. He played an ODI against Sri Lanka in January and is keen to make the transition to the other formats, but is willing to bide his time before journeying to leagues like the IPL.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @sathish008 - So what that he wasn't picked? That tought him the value of protecting his career from losing bowling form. If he joined the IPL, South Africa will lose a crucial allrounder in their squad. And I'm saying this as a Pak fan.

  • kesaraca on April 10, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Sour Grapes Philly, Yours faithfully Kev Obrieon

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    @mari2619 on (April 10 2012, 14:49 PM GMT) IPL might be the most exciting comp in the world to you - but not to everyone

  • Mary_786 on April 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    IPL is the most exciting competition in the world, i love how players when not picked put the tournament down, but then come to the tournament in a few years. Not sure if ExplicitPlatinum would have the same comments if pakistani players were alllowed to play.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    funny comments by ma of the indians here. Phildander didn't say he didn't want to play in the IPL or that he would rather have played county over the IPL. Initially he made himself available for the IPL as most players would, due to the higher pay packet and lower workload. However he did not get selected. In retropect it worked out better for him as a county stint would be more beneficial to him right now than an IPL stint - its quite plain and simple! As an Australian fan I wouldn't want to see any of our current test squad play in the IPL - it wouldn't benefit their test game at all compared to a county stint

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Sour grapes or not S.A. and Somerset are the winners here, which is a damn good thing.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @boston_pride - And Many Others - on (April 10 2012, 05:33 AM GMT) In this article VP has said that a stint playing county cricket in England would be more benefit to him than playing IPL. If the next big tournament/series for SA was a T20 in SC then IPL would be of more benefit to him.As the next big series for SA is Eng in Eng then surely playing 4 day matches on Eng pitches will be more helpful to him.I've not even seen him say he does not like IPL just that it was a blessing in disguise he wasn't picked.Also as I said with Broad , he can become a decent T20 player with experience and from what I see IPL tend to pick up more overseas players when they are on their way down (at a higher price) rather than pay a lower price for an unproven T20 player.

  • love_4_the_game on April 10, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    ha ha ,,, its quite natural from Philander... as he was not picked by ne team in the IPL, he is giving such comments. if he would have been picked in ne one of the franchises , he would have given statements in another way.

  • boston_pride on April 10, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Yeah yeah... When you don get picked up in the auction, its easy to say I'd prefer to play in the 4 day format... If he was such a wisecrack why did he make himself available in the auction pool?? Im no fan of IPL but when you dont get picked up n you act like you dont care it is so vain

  • sathish008 on April 10, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum - Its not Philander decision to give up IPL. He was not picked by any franchise firstup

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    @sathish008 - So what that he wasn't picked? That tought him the value of protecting his career from losing bowling form. If he joined the IPL, South Africa will lose a crucial allrounder in their squad. And I'm saying this as a Pak fan.

  • kesaraca on April 10, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Sour Grapes Philly, Yours faithfully Kev Obrieon

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    @mari2619 on (April 10 2012, 14:49 PM GMT) IPL might be the most exciting comp in the world to you - but not to everyone

  • Mary_786 on April 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    IPL is the most exciting competition in the world, i love how players when not picked put the tournament down, but then come to the tournament in a few years. Not sure if ExplicitPlatinum would have the same comments if pakistani players were alllowed to play.

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    funny comments by ma of the indians here. Phildander didn't say he didn't want to play in the IPL or that he would rather have played county over the IPL. Initially he made himself available for the IPL as most players would, due to the higher pay packet and lower workload. However he did not get selected. In retropect it worked out better for him as a county stint would be more beneficial to him right now than an IPL stint - its quite plain and simple! As an Australian fan I wouldn't want to see any of our current test squad play in the IPL - it wouldn't benefit their test game at all compared to a county stint

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Sour grapes or not S.A. and Somerset are the winners here, which is a damn good thing.

  • JG2704 on April 10, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    @boston_pride - And Many Others - on (April 10 2012, 05:33 AM GMT) In this article VP has said that a stint playing county cricket in England would be more benefit to him than playing IPL. If the next big tournament/series for SA was a T20 in SC then IPL would be of more benefit to him.As the next big series for SA is Eng in Eng then surely playing 4 day matches on Eng pitches will be more helpful to him.I've not even seen him say he does not like IPL just that it was a blessing in disguise he wasn't picked.Also as I said with Broad , he can become a decent T20 player with experience and from what I see IPL tend to pick up more overseas players when they are on their way down (at a higher price) rather than pay a lower price for an unproven T20 player.

  • love_4_the_game on April 10, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    ha ha ,,, its quite natural from Philander... as he was not picked by ne team in the IPL, he is giving such comments. if he would have been picked in ne one of the franchises , he would have given statements in another way.

  • boston_pride on April 10, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Yeah yeah... When you don get picked up in the auction, its easy to say I'd prefer to play in the 4 day format... If he was such a wisecrack why did he make himself available in the auction pool?? Im no fan of IPL but when you dont get picked up n you act like you dont care it is so vain

  • sathish008 on April 10, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum - Its not Philander decision to give up IPL. He was not picked by any franchise firstup

  • on April 10, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    Like some others have pointed out, if he is truly happy to be playing county cricket rather than the IPL why did he even put himself up for auction in the first place?

  • purna478 on April 10, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    ur bowling like length balls like anderson that wiill send 2 out of park

  • Captain_Oblivious on April 10, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    respect to vernon. not only the best bowler in the world right now, but also a good head on his shoulders. much better to be a real cricketer than a circus act.

  • here2rock on April 10, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    IPL has tendency to pick underperformers at high price tags. Some of those talent hunters for IPL franchisees lack skills to pick the right players at right prices. Philander would have done well for any team in IPL.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 9, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, I am impressed with the decision Philander has taken by not taking part in the IPL. Philander knows that he has a bright future ahead of him and that taking part in vast amounts of " Pyjama T20 matches " will ruin him. Why? Bowlers have no hiding place in T20's unless your Dale Steyn or Umar Gul. Even as a Pakistani fan, I wish for NONE of our players to take part in the IPL as talents like Junaid Khan are out there with Pat Cummins and Vernon Philander. Sure, the IPL can help your batting in ODI's too but you will be a walking wicket in Test standards.

  • Milind_Jadhav on April 9, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Its funny to see people whining about negative comments made by Indians and in the same breath they denigrate IPL but then it is about judging self about our intent and others about their actions. What a set of double standards! The lucky ones who watched the MI / DC game today cannot imagine missing those two sizzling Dale Steyn and of course, the last ball six by Rohit Sharma. Change with the times or remain frozen in time! The choice is yours.

  • Street_Hawk on April 9, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Why are we comparing this guy with Clarke and Johnson again? Clarke and Johnson earlier did not even register in the IPL auction....unlike Philander who will be playing IPL if he was picked up....so he is not a guy who chose country of money...it's a guy who chose country (or county :P) because he could not get the money

  • JG2704 on April 9, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    I was going to respond to many of these comms but then realised they were by and large all saying the same thing.VP isn't slating IPL , just basically saying on hindsight that playing in England is better preparation for the forthcoming SA visit/test series than playing in the IPL. If a T20 world cup in the SC was next on the agenda then playing IPL would be the best thing for VP to do. Maybe VP isn't a good OD/T20 player , maybe he never will be , but the guy is young and has plenty of time to hone his OD/T20 skills but right now it is more important for him to try and help SA gain nr 1 ranking. As for his supposed inability to play OD/T20. We have Stuart Broad who was hit for 6x6 by Yuvraj in 1 over in a T20WC match a few years ago and in time he has become our most reliable bowler in all formats. As a Somerset fan I'm very pleased to have him.

  • crikbuff on April 9, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    IPL is killing cricket. We all saw how India performed on away tours last year. The youngsters are no longer interested in playing test cricket, because they get all the money by playing IPL. The seniors are getting injured but play thru IPL and then skip the international matches to recover from injuries. It is time all cricket fans wake up to this hijacking of cricket. To save cricket, IPL must be killed!

  • pr3m on April 9, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Here's the truth, people in England and Australia will always deny how huge of a pull the IPL is to cricketers from all around the world. Another truth is that Philander had his contract set to let him play the IPL. What's also a truth is Philander didn't have to put his name in the auction at all.

    I'm not saying he is saying he's grateful just to "get back" at him not being selected. What I am saying, though, is that he could have this good thing happen to him automatically. He didn't have to wait for not being picked, he could have just not put his name in.

    But like I read in Gary Kirsten's interview, nobody foresaw him becoming such a huge part of the South African bowling set up, so he might have put his name down for some quick dough, but at that time didn't know he would appreciate the break.

  • on April 9, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @ mari2619 dont think he put the country ahead of money.... HE DIDNT GET PICKED UP FOR IPL FROM ANY FRANCHISE .... NOW THAT he is sayn its good he didnt get picked up... coz he got no choice... :P

  • just_Test_lover on April 9, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I think it is the best thing for Vern as he is best with the Red ball. He has not got the same stats for ODI and he needs to break into that. IPL is a bang bang game and his skills will either be highlighted or destroyed. Test cricket is ultimate and it should be respected above T20.

    Those commenting about Samuels comments, he has a conflict of interest. Player are not allowed to negative comment about IPL BCCI or Champions League. They may lose their contracts. BCCI is mafia of Cricket. I stay up for test matches and it is far more challenging for a player than T20. T20 they come in and try their best but have the knowledge if they fail it's T20 so we expect big scores so bowlers and batters have excuses for not playing well.

  • r1m2 on April 9, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Thank you Philander, for saying that you are happy about being snubbed by IPL. "Sour Grapes", like the others have said. This "... his contract contained a clause that he would not turn up in Taunton if he secured an IPL deal." definitely is an ample enough proof of what your heart truly desired. Despite how much you must be broken at losing out on a IPL deal, you really do need to realize that the county stint now is in the best interest of South African team, as you need to ensure you master the English conditions before you tour again for the tests. IPL would not have helped either your performance in that upcoming tour or South Africa's cause in any way shape or form. So, while you may be so broken inside that you need to say things like "The IPL has pros and cons, and I think it's a good thing I didn't get it this year..." Please concentrate on the longer format of the game that has brought you ALL the glories so far in your career. You are not good enough in the shorter form yet.

  • KIRAN.REDDY on April 9, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    My dear vernon, your gentle medium pacers will make sure that the ball is always out of the park in a shorter format that too on indian tracks..l.hopefully staying away is a better solution...:)

  • ZiggyMarley on April 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Less money but better for the career, no doubt. IPL is a joke, and ruining the international schedule. I wish they would just get rid of it, but alas, too much money involved. I reckon IPL and batsman-friendly pitcches will lead to the ultimate decline of Indian cricket, which will be sad, because the Indian fans make up 60% of the worldwide cricket following.

  • on April 9, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    You sir, have something that no IPL bowler has ever had, be happy with it.

  • DJ_Priyank on April 9, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @ Topic....Welcome to the List of Clarke and Mitchell Johnson type players. U r NO exception Mr. Philander. IPL is going nowhere; U still have a long way to go and I'm pretty sure sooner or later u'll realize u need to play IPL just like other player did. Anyway, I respect you as a bowler for what you have done so far ! That was special. But Hey, Wasn't that on FAST n JUICY tracks ? Waiting to see how you perform in sub-continent. :)

  • KunzMan on April 9, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Some of the comments made against Philander seem to be coming by only looking at the faulty title of this article. Before making comments, please take the pain of reading through what the player is saying. As for e.g. "The IPL has pros and cons, and I think it's a good thing I didn't get it this year," Philander told ESPNcricinfo. "I can do some preparation ahead of the England series." This cleatly is showing he is not degrading the IPL because nobody picked him, but trying to make more sense out of it that it was a blessing in disguise that he got the opportunity to play for Somerset to prepare ahead of the series against England (billed to be the battle of No.1 in tests). Am sure he will be willing and admiting to play the IPL next year.

  • hsengiv86 on April 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Come on Man, we have seen so many cases like this, first they give a speech like this and then in a couple of years they will be scrambling to play in IPL. The perfect example is Clarke, who said his priorities are to Australian Cricket, look at him now?

    we cannot blame the players, once they reach 30's, they start planning for the future, A player will try to earn as much he can before he retires. because after that only a few gets job retired to cricket, the other venture into business, since they Dont have education (Started playing in teens cant blame them?).

  • Mary_786 on April 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Good to see Philander put country before money, more players such as Narine and others can learn from this.

  • soumyas on April 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    i remember when Marlon samuels of westindies was not picked up by IPL teams said "i want to concentrate of playing tests whihc is real cricket, i dont like bang-bang t20's". now westindies are playing TEST but samuels playing for IPL,PUNE WARRIORS and won first man of the match, now he is saying "i love this and love to contribute more". how fast these cricketers change colors...

  • jmcilhinney on April 9, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Of course the Indian fans are jumping up and down about the IPL angle. This story in no way criticises the IPL so why do they feel the need to defend it? This is a case of someone looking on the bright side of a situation. If Philander really thought that playing in England rather than India was the best option then he would have just played in England and not made himself available for the IPL. That said, maybe he just put an outrageous price on himself thinking that he was happy to take it someone was crazy enough to pay it. He is unproven in T20 after all. As an England fan, I'd rather he was playing in India. The less opportunity some so obviously talented has to adapt to English conditions ahead of the upcoming Test series the better as far as I'm concerned. At least England has a couple of players with some experience in SA conditions when we go there again. ;-)

  • Gascard on April 9, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Charl Willoughby had a similar clause in his contract when he was at Somerset. Once again,the IPL's loss is Somerset's gain.

  • mysay on April 9, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    If this tune is from the heart, good for you Filly. If it is genuine then it's rare. If only credible bowlers and batsmen alike withdraw from this crap of a tournament IPL. It has ruined every angle in cricket itself. Players earn millions, no wonder Paks go seeking for big money elsewhere. This brand should be done and dusted, But then again, the ICC praises the IPL due to the $$$$ as well. No wonder the gentlemens game has gone to the dogs.

  • Munkeymomo on April 9, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Lot of people calling sour grapes, perhaps, I don't care as long as he continues taking loads of wickets for Somerset. Played 1, won 1, thanks in part to Philander.

  • VettiPayyan on April 9, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    dude.. u r gud..but dont fall into the bad books of IPL.. ur instant cash plan and retirement plans might run out of luck ;-)

    Altho the Clarke turnaround was the more funnier and desparate one! i want to concentrate of Australian cricket.. I want to win test.. No1 ranking.. Get lost IPl.. Tring tring (the phone rings).. Hi this is Mr.X from IPL.. interested in joining? .. Clarke bursts into tears of joy and sees a rain of dollars around him.. ;-)

    Johnson was also funny.. Pointing u r up next.. Retirement plans??

    Aussies are losers off field .. self respect and all that BS is gone to toss when it comes to money :-)

    Wud love to see what Mr.Dictator Chappel and Mr.Crap Moody have to say now abt their own kids joining the IPL bandwagon..

  • mathewjohn2176 on April 9, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Posted by johnathonjosephs on (April 09 2012, 04:00 AM GMT), you missed the point.He did apply for IPL,but no one selected him at the auction.so there is no other way that he has to go and complete somerset contract.If he is really in to county stint,I think he shouldn't have put his name in IPL auction.cricinfo publish please.

  • Sakthiivel on April 9, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Sour grapes !!! Dont worry you will be playing next season of IPL. May be with reduce price tag.

  • on April 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    this was exactly what Michael Clark n Mitchell Johnson n few english players too (except Kevin peitersen) said few years back now they realise how good IPL is n the importance of playin in such a lucrative tournament...just cant stop talkin abu IPL can ya..??

  • Sarfin on April 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Bad timing for such a statement, Philly. First, you shouldn't have put your name in the auction list. And then you shouldn't have a clause allowing you to skip county cricket if you could get an IPL contact. Now it doesn't sound convincing at all.

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Philander if you are happy to be in England nothing better than that because it seems from your statements that you were under prepared to take on England ... Spend some time playing for Country and County after which your time would also come to play in IPL ... Hehehehe

  • RameshK12 on April 9, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Well done...rightly said....dont b a fool by IPL fools....

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    @ IndiaNumeroUno : couldnt agree more with you ... !! i was really surprised when swann and Philander went unsold at the auction though.

  • Romenevans on April 9, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Oh yeah! Same type of attitude Mitchel Johnson used to have during is early glory days. "Nah, i don't need IPL" ...and now? Look at him, back to IPL money munching. Hypocrites i tell you....!

  • Shongololo on April 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    While I'm sure there is a little of the 'sour-grapes-syndrome' here, it probably is best for Vernon and South Africa, with a big tour of England this winter, that he plays in Somerset rather than on the IPL circuit. I personally believe the IPL is a bubble waiting to burts and a bit of a cancer in world cricket. Call me old-fashioned but those who place a stint in this pyjama lark ahead of representing their countries are modern day mercenaries, none more so than Dwyane Bravo, who will go wherever the mighty ugly dollar lures him. Surely, if these two versions are to co-exist, the IPL window must be free of any other cricket, so the likes of Narine are not forced to sacrifice country for clown cricket.

  • yankinsa on April 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    I think the IPL has turned into a circus involving over paid internationals, has been "ICON" Indian and seriously over rated Indian youngsters. But good luck to the players who earn great retirement monies from a gullible and one-eyed Indian public. And all the time the Indian real cricket game gets weaker and weaker - too many players who can't function outside of the sub-continent.

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Well.. he is just saying this because he just wants to tell himself in a positive way that he went UNSOLD, no one showed interest in him.. there is a saying in hindi.. ANGOOR KHATTEY... (when you cant reach the fruit hanging on the tree, in frustration you say that its bitter not sweet)

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Good to see! Playing real cricket, the type you play in white where you actually have to bowl the opponent out. This bodes well for him. Hope some of the young aussie bowlers go over there and toughen up in years to come. This business of bowling in back to back test matches and suffering a "stress fracture" from "too much cricket" needs to be overcome.

  • bigwonder on April 9, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Sour grapes for Philander. He needs to focus on his bowling skills - be it at English county or IPL.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on April 9, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Whenever a cricketer says "its good I'm not in IPL"... its actually a public statement saying "****.. no one selected me and I'm really upset" !!

  • ultimatewarrior on April 9, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Sour Grapes! Altogether I appreciates Philander sudden rise and great bowling skills in Tests, he is just like Michael Clark or Stuart Broad or Mitchell Johnson who previously on sighting probability of not getting selected in IPL withdrawn themselves from auction and given statements against IPL that sounded like this is an useless tournament but now after 3-4 years all these players have joined IPL teams immediately after getting offers...o man where that hatred had gone now for IPL

  • Vicky_22 on April 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Oh common man ...are u really happy...? Not jealousy about others those who are earning (only for 45 days play) 10 times more than you??? Really surprising... Please admit that IPL didn't consider u r good for T20...

  • Indian_Fan09 on April 9, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Good to see someone who has his priorities set right!! All the best Philander!! Hope Indian bowlers have the same focus if not the talent like you!!

  • Htc-Baseball on April 9, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Saw him wiping his tears making this statement.Got to accept he too is Human

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    haa haa haa Doesn anybody miss Philandar at IPL?? No not at all!! Its nothing more than frustration! LOLZ, a huge LOL on u Philandar!

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Another five-for, u must be joking..:)...This kid is real special..

  • dr.a.prakash on April 9, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    He is a good bowler, agreed. Its like a fox saying the grapes which were not up for grasp are sour.

  • GanJack on April 9, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    If he really wanted to play for Somerset, why did he agree to have in name in the hat for the IPL auctions. I hope these guys save their breath, it is only natural to choose that which offers you more money.

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    It is good that Philander is not playing in the IPL. He is bowling amazingly in tests and should use the form for now. If he plays in the IPL on slower pitches he might have to change and it might affect him. Instead he should do well in tests this year. Next year he can try the IPL and make money if he is still good! Else reduce the price and play anyhow.

  • satish619chandar on April 9, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Yes it is.. In some ways, it will help these guys.. The guys like Philander, Anderson who thrive on line and length with swing should resist playing the T20 cricket often.. Playing T20 in subcontinent is different pfrom playing in their home where it might aid their style of bowling even in shorter format but surely not in Asia.. They better can try and master their trade rather than looking for something which doesn't come naturally for them..

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    anybody remembering mitchell johnson??

  • koolramesh on April 9, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    We have heard such statements from many Players in the past who were not picked in IPL. If his focus is to serve the country he could have opted to stay out of the auction.

  • yetipower on April 9, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Philander has shown amazing dedication and have proved that performing up to the expectation of team, fans & country is more important then playing in IPL.....

  • chilled_avenger on April 9, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Despite being an Indian fan,I am glad that Philander didn't get an IPL contract! He should concentrate on what he is doing now,taking bagful of wickets in Test matches. He has been an amazing find for South Africa and its good to see that not every bowler is following the footsteps of Malinga......

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Good decision..Dont spoil yourself in the lucrative IPL, thats not cricket its business and glamour. Be classical

  • RandyOZ on April 9, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Great attitude by Vern McGrath. Looking forward to him rattling plenty of English timber!

  • MadhavY on April 9, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    What would have happened, had he been picked by any IPL team he will then say that IPL is a great platform and blah blah,, why in the world you put your name up there in the auction then? Philander is no good for T20 and world knows that. you are a heck of a good test bowler and gotta be happy with that.

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    no way philander would've survived IPL... EOS

  • VincentSunder on April 9, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Very inappropriate header for this article!!! Gives a completely different twist to what the player speaks

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 9, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    The title of article is completely misleading.

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    I am an Indian fan but would like to see a "tri-nation test series at the moment" between Eng,SA and Aus -couple of matches in each of these countries. It will be fascinating to watch in form pace and swing bowlers like Filander, Steyn, Morkel,pattinson,Anderson, broad, Finn, Harris,Hilfanhaus,Siddle etc outdoing each other and quality batsman struggle against them :)

  • vamshi_teamindia on April 9, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    WOWW GREAT TO HEAR THAT FRM VERY GUD FAST BOWLER....!! HE IS VERY MUCH FOCUSSED ON NATIONAL DUTY RATHER THAN ANYTHING......GUD GOING PHILANDER

  • rahulcricket007 on April 9, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    PHILANDER YOU R A VERY GOOD TEST BOWLER BUT IN SHORT FORMATS YOU R NOT GOOD . IT WAS SHOWN IN THE ODI SERIES AGAINST SL IN WHICH YOU WERE THRASHED ALL OVER THE PARK IN LAST 2 GAMES WHICH YOU PLAY . THAT'S WHY YOU R NOT PLAYING IN IPL .

  • Donald_Tendulkar on April 9, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    IPL is glad philanderer is not here. There are far greater bowlers than philander who play the real sport. Test cricket has a maximum of 10-15 years shelf life. It will be done away with soon and all these old geezers who support it would be out soon too. They will have more time to play bingo and solve crosswords. T-20 is the future of the sport. more athletic, more dynamic and a real sport unlike test cricket, golf or darts.

    bye bye test cricket.

  • AnantB on April 9, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    I think Teams have missed out on picking up leading test bowler at the moment...would have taken couple of 5 for's..as he is doing it consistently...any ways good for him

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    he is good in swinging over cast condition. kirsten knows that he will hit out from the park in ipl . because of that reason his price is so high.and also he is overrated.

  • sramesh_74 on April 9, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Thats what you say when you are not picked in the IPL auction. Remember Michael Clarke ??!!

  • JustIPL on April 9, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Yes, IPL is rubbish. Bunch of players who most of them dont want to see anymore plus some exciting players like gayle or devillers. Champions league should be the only event. It will make both money and sense. India lose a lot by playing a team from IPL in Champions leage.

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    way to go boy........IPL is a mess...and i'm glad u r not part of it

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Well, he's helped us win one game already this season so the longer he stays the better!

  • johnathonjosephs on April 9, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Wow, just from the mentality he has, he is going to be a legend in the making. Wanting to practice in England before the Test Series instead of playing in the money making IPL. What maturity and dedication. I think I am witnessing a Legend in the making

  • on April 9, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I've no doubt that the IPLs loss is somersets gain. Also Philander is right a stint in the counties will be good preparation for the England series. To early to judge if he will be able to maintain his amazing start but if he does he could dislodge Steyn as the no.1 quick and make SA's pace attack even more fearsome than it already is. As an Enlgand fan I am excited to see such a good bowler but more than a little worried!

  • Prats6 on April 9, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I am not a big fan of the IPL, but Philander could have made sure for his County stint by simply making himself unavailable in the IPL, case of sour grapes!

  • ProdigyA on April 9, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    LOL what else can he say. Try to do a better job for SA n try ur luck next time.

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  • ProdigyA on April 9, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    LOL what else can he say. Try to do a better job for SA n try ur luck next time.

  • Prats6 on April 9, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I am not a big fan of the IPL, but Philander could have made sure for his County stint by simply making himself unavailable in the IPL, case of sour grapes!

  • on April 9, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I've no doubt that the IPLs loss is somersets gain. Also Philander is right a stint in the counties will be good preparation for the England series. To early to judge if he will be able to maintain his amazing start but if he does he could dislodge Steyn as the no.1 quick and make SA's pace attack even more fearsome than it already is. As an Enlgand fan I am excited to see such a good bowler but more than a little worried!

  • johnathonjosephs on April 9, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Wow, just from the mentality he has, he is going to be a legend in the making. Wanting to practice in England before the Test Series instead of playing in the money making IPL. What maturity and dedication. I think I am witnessing a Legend in the making

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Well, he's helped us win one game already this season so the longer he stays the better!

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    way to go boy........IPL is a mess...and i'm glad u r not part of it

  • JustIPL on April 9, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Yes, IPL is rubbish. Bunch of players who most of them dont want to see anymore plus some exciting players like gayle or devillers. Champions league should be the only event. It will make both money and sense. India lose a lot by playing a team from IPL in Champions leage.

  • sramesh_74 on April 9, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Thats what you say when you are not picked in the IPL auction. Remember Michael Clarke ??!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    he is good in swinging over cast condition. kirsten knows that he will hit out from the park in ipl . because of that reason his price is so high.and also he is overrated.

  • AnantB on April 9, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    I think Teams have missed out on picking up leading test bowler at the moment...would have taken couple of 5 for's..as he is doing it consistently...any ways good for him