Proteas confirm Grade 2 hamstring tear for Philander

accreditation
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)
Vernon Philander (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Vernon Philander, in his final Test match for the Proteas, has a Grade 2 hamstring tear but could still come out to bat for his side on Monday or Tuesday. 

The 34-year-old bowled just nine balls on day three of the fourth Test on Sunday before he was forced to leave the Wanderers field with the injury. 

He was sent for scans on Sunday afternoon. 

"The medical team will try to manage the injury to give him a chance to bat if required," a Cricket South Africa statement read on Monday morning. 

SCOREBOARD: Proteas v England - 4th Test, Day 4

The Proteas will almost certainly need Philander at some point given that they will start day four in pursuit of a mammoth 465 for the unlikeliest of victories. 

Philander was also fined 15% of his match fee for his foul-mouthed celebration in sending off English wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on Saturday. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
With the Springboks losing their last two matches against Australia, how concerned are you?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Very concerned! Something is not right ...
58% - 3142 votes
I'm not worried. Every team has a bad game. The Boks will bounce back.
18% - 943 votes
It's too early to tell. Let's see how they go against the All Blacks.
24% - 1292 votes
Vote