South Africa seamer Vernon Philander will miss both Tests against Bangladesh with back lower-back problem, as he continues to recover.
Philander was ruled out for the first Test in Potchefstroom but a day before the series opener, it has been confirmed that the right-arm fast bowler will miss the second Test in Bloomfontein as well.
“It’s international sport, you’ll always find criticism. As long as it’s constructive, then I’m all for it. You’ve got to take it on the chin,” Philander told Independent Media.
“Myself and Faf (du Plessi had a good chat afterwards, the way the two of us nailed down things was quite constructive at the end of the day. As long as you’re open and honest with each other, that’s the key thing. He made his view clear and obviously I made mine clear to him. As long as we understand each other, we’ve got a road to walk together,” he added.
Philander will play the fourth and fifth round matches for Cape Cobras in South Africa’s first-class tournament, Sunfoil series. He is likely to play the four-day day-night Boxing Day fixture against Zimbabwe. He was with the Cobras squad but didn’t play any cricket after England tour.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com