South Africa’s premier bowler Vernon Philander is ruled out of the first test against Bangladesh to be played on 28th September. The bowler suffered from back spasms in the fourth and final test against England and has not yet fully recovered to take part in upcoming domestic four-day game.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has made it clear that players will have to first play competitive cricket to stage a comeback into the national side. Vernon Philander has been good form with the ball in the longer format of the game. Cricket South Africa head of medical committee Dr Shuaib Manjra has stated that Philander is done well so far as he will get fully fit for the next game against Bangladesh. The policy of the board is for a player to play few first class games to be considered for Proteas.
South Africa will be hoping that Philander gets fully fit for the second game of the Test series that will be played on 6th October.