The South African seam bowler, Vernon Philander has announced that he will be hanging his boots from international cricket after the upcoming Test series against England. He has decided to call it quits to the career which lasted for around 12 years in which he has scalped 261 wickets and scored 1784 runs in 97 matches.
Announcing his retirement date, Philander said, “I feel that it is the appropriate time to conclude what has been an amazing journey. I want to give thanks to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with the opportunity to represent my country for the last 12 years.”
He further added, “It has been an honor and privilege to have played alongside the very best in the game as well as being part of the best Test team for a number of years.”
The 34-year-old seamer also thanked CSA, the Cape Cobras, all the coaches, management, captains and team-mates and the very special fans from all over the world for their love and support. Currently, he has focussed his energy on helping the Proteas to beat England
"He has really done himself and his family proud and I hope he can finish his final series for South Africa with the same character and flair that has become synonymous with him." – Graeme Smith@VDP_24 #BigVernRetires pic.twitter.com/MDz625b4dn
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 23, 2019
Talking about his retirement, Cricket South Africa (CSA) director of cricket Graeme Smith said: “Vernon has been an outstanding performer in the time that he has represented his country, especially in the Test format. He has given his best in every appearance and I think that how he has turned himself into an all-rounder has been particularly pleasing to watch. I wish him all the best for his future endeavors and I’m certain that he will continue to make an impact on the game we all love in one way or another with future generations.”
The first Test of the four-match series between South Africa and England is scheduled to commence on December 26 at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.