Philander ruled out of second Test
South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka due to hamstring injury.
After a shocking defeat against Sri Lanka in the first Test, the hosts South Africa have been hit with another massive blower as Philander is all set to miss the second Test due to hamstring injury.
Philander also didn’t came to the field on the last day of the first Test match due to this injury. The visitors then went onto win the Test match by one wicket courtesy of Kusal Perera’s gem of an innings.
Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday that Philander will miss the second Test –
“Injury update from the Proteas camp: Vernon Philander will miss the second Castle Lager Test against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. There will be no replacement add to the squad #SAvSL.”
As the fast bowler already seems to be out of South Africa’s plans for the upcoming World Cup, Philander is unlikely to be seen in national colours till October’s three-Test tour to India. The 33-year old has played 58 Tests so far and picked up 214 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 2.66.
The second and the last Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka will start on February 21 at Port Elizabeth.
Injury update from the Proteas camp: Vernon Philander will miss the second Castle Lager Test against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury. There will be no replacement add to the squad #SAvSL pic.twitter.com/gKiU2ZGexc
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) February 19, 2019