Player Profile

Vernon Darryl Philander
South Africa
Born June 24, 1985 ( 34 Yrs )
Birth Place Bellville, South Africa
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm fast-medium

Career Information - Teams

South Africa, Cape Cobras, Middlesex, South Africa U19, Somerset, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kent, Nottinghamshire, South Africa A, Sussex, Joburg Giants, Durban Heat, Cape Town Blitz

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


Vernon Philander isn't in the quick bracket, but when conditions are in his favour, he is the probably the most dangerous bowler to face. With the gift of accuracy and the ability to nibble the ball off its seam, he's become South Africa's most reliable weapon with the red cherry. However, not only is he a brilliant medium-pacer, but is also handy with the bat in the lower order.

Philander represented South Africa in the 2003 Under-19 World Cup played in Bangladesh. He also played for the Cape Cobras for whom he had an impressive 2006-07 season in which he averaged 72 with the bat and 30 with the ball. This fantastic performance immediately earned him a spot in the national squad. He made a remarkable ODI debut against Ireland in 2007, picking up four wickets, playing an important part in South Africa's victory. This in turn gave him a direct access to playing in the World T20 in 2007.

Philander made his Test debut against Australia in November 2011 and was awarded the Man of the match for picking up a brilliant 5 for 15 in the second innings. He was also the Man of the Series, picking up a total of 14 scalps across two Tests, including two five-wicket hauls. In his third Test, he again registered two successive five-fers against Sri Lanka, becoming the fifth player in Test history to take five wickets in an innings in each of his first three Tests. He earned a national contract in 2012 and continued to deliver sensational performances. In only his seventh Test, Philander crossed the mark of 50 wickets and became the second fastest bowler to achieve the feat.

Over the next year, Philander churned out several impressive performances. In December 2013, he took his 100th Test wicket against India in only his 19th match, becoming the joint-sixth fastest ever bowler to do so.

Philander couldn't sustain that momentum while venturing less greener pastures, which was understandable, but still proved to be effective even in conditions which didn't suit his style of bowling.

Injuries also played their part in slowing him down. After the Test in Mohali, Philander missed three Tests on the tour of India in 2015 due to torn ankle ligaments. From there on, his fitness only deteriorated.

Still, while not as frequently as before, Philander continued picking wickets. He even played a major role in South Africa's famous 2-1 Test win in Australia in 2016, memorably destroying the hosts on the first morning of the second Test in Hobart.

While he is undeniably one of the top Test bowlers, the same can't be said about the limited-overs formats, where Philander hasn't been able to achieve the same level of success.

By Cricbuzz Staff


TEST debut vs Australia at Newlands, Nov 09, 2011
Last TEST vs England at The Wanderers Stadium, Jan 24, 2020
ODI debut vs Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Jun 24, 2007
Last ODI vs New Zealand at Senwes Park, Aug 23, 2015
T20 debut vs West Indies at The Wanderers Stadium, Sep 11, 2007
Last T20 vs England at Riverside Ground, Aug 20, 2008

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 30 19 7 151 30 12.58 213 70.89 0 0 0 14 0
T20 7 4 0 14 6 3.5 28 50 0 0 0 0 0
Test 64 94 20 1779 74 24.04 3995 44.53 0 0 8 204 17
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 30 28 1279 986 41 12/4 12/4 4.63 24.05 31.2 0 0
T20 7 6 83 114 4 23/2 23/2 8.24 28.5 20.75 0 0
Test 64 119 11391 5000 224 21/6 102/10 2.63 22.32 50.85 13 2
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0