South Africa all-rounder Vernon Philander announces retirement

South African all-rounder Vernon Philander has announced his retirement from all forms of the game that will come into effect after the Proteas’ home series against England in January 2020.

Philander rules out of first Test

The news emerged in the official social media handle of Cricket South Africa (CSA)on Monday.

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The 34-year-old Philander scored 1619 runs in 60 Tests for South Africa. He also has 216 wickets beside his name in the longer version of the game that includes 13 five-wicket hauls and two 10-wicket hauls.

While in one-day international career that started in 2007, the right-hander scored 151 runs and claimed 41 wickets appearing in 30 matches.

“I want to give thanks to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with the opportunity to represent my country for the last 12 years. It has been an honour and privilege to have played alongside the very best in the game,” said Philander as he announced his farewell from cricket.

“Thank you must also go to CSA, CobrasCricket, all the coaches, management, captains and teammates and the very special fans from all over the world for your love and support,” he added.

Paying tribute to the veteran all-rounder, former Proteas’ captain said, “One of the many things that have stood out for me with Vern is his character, his determination and the way that he has always been up for a fight and a challenge has shown the heart of the man.”

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