Vernon Philander to use County experience in series against England

Vernon Philander has taken 51 wickets for South Africa in only seven Test matches Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Jun 7, 2012

Pacer Vernon Philander, who was named South Africa Cricketer of the Year on Wednesday, is looking forward to the England tour and says he can use the experience he gained with Somerset in County cricket.

“I’ve been playing county cricket for the last few months, so hopefully I can use everything I’ve learned there and put it into play against England. The next step is England but I will plan my strategy one game at a time,” said Philander.

Philander faced stiff competition from limited-overs captain AB de Villiers to win the Test Cricketer of the Year.

26-year-old right-arm pacer Philander stormed to the 50-wicket mark in just seven Tests, making him the fastest bowler to achieve the feat since Australia’s Charlie Turner took six matches in the 1880s.

“It was a hard season but it paid off and I’m a proud man,” he said.

“I’ve played four-day cricket for the past four years and was very successful in that format, so it’s been a long process which came together nicely for me. Hopefully I can continue my good form,” he added.

Talking about his experience in international cricket, Philander said making the Test debut will always remain most special moment for him.

“My Test debut at Newlands will always be the most special moment for me,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket365.

“Picking up all those wickets, and especially against such a highly regarded Test team as Australia, was incredible. The feeling of knocking them over for 47 will stay with me for a long, long time,” he concluded.