Injured Philander to miss Proteas’ next WCup clash

2015-02-24 00:00

THE Proteas are likely to be without the services of Vernon Philander in the next match of their 2015 World Cup campaign.

The 29-year-old seam bowler will probably miss Friday’s game against the West Indians at the SCG after he injured his left thigh muscle during Sunday’s record defeat of 130 runs against India in Melbourne.

Philander only bowled four overs during India’s innings of 307/7, after the South Africans were bowled out for a paltry 177.

Philander underwent a scan soon after the Proteas’ arrival in Sydney ­yesterday.

Although the South African medical team still await the official result of the scan, sister newspaper Beeld has heard that Philander has suffered a grade one tear and that he would not recover in time for the match against the unpredictable Windies.

He should, however, be fit for the next group match against Ireland in Canberra.

The Windies beat Pakistan on Saturday in Christchurch by 150 runs after they had lost their first game against the minnows from Ireland.

Philander has so far been one of the few South African bowlers to make any impression at the World Cup. Only 19 runs were scored against him during the four overs during India’s innings at the MCG, while he also got 2/30 in eight overs during the Proteas’ first match against Zimbabwe.

If he does not, as is expected, play against the West Indians, Kyle Abott could get his first chance at the tournament.

Philander’s injury could force the Proteas to retain the struggling Wayne Parnell in their starting line-up.

This left handed seam bowler experienced a nightmare game against India and his bowling figures of 1/85 were the worst ever by a South African at the World Cup and only nine away from being the worst ever by anyone at the World Cup.

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