Vernon Philander wants to help grow SA cricket as he joins Western Province

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Former Proteas seamer Vernon Philander will come out of retirement to play for Western Province in Cricket South Africa's (CSA) new domestic structure.

Philander, who took 224 wickets in 64 Tests before retiring in January last year, will link up with his provincial home side and take part in the 15 union competition, which will be divided into two divisions of eight and seven teams each.

The 35-year-old seamer will join former Proteas team-mates Hashim Amla and Wayne Parnell in the WP side.

Last year, Philander was set to take a Kolpak contract with Somerset, which was cancelled by mutual consent amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Philander told the Citizen that he is eager to get back into action, having last played a competitive match in 2020.

"Western Province will have a young squad and there is a big need for me to play a part there, considering I still probably have two or three years left in me and I still have the firepower to perform," Philander told the Citizen.

Philander, who has been a commentator for SuperSport, is eager to help raise the standard of the new-look provincial structure.

"Obviously, I am still playing for trophies, but I want to encourage bowlers from other teams to speak to me so I can help South African cricket grow," he said.

"My goal is ultimately to help the standard of cricket in this country by setting a good example. You want an atmosphere of enjoying what you do, but you also have a responsibility to perform."

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