South Africa news April 19, 2017

Philander county stint interrupted by groin injury

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Vernon Philander suffered a groin injury playing for Sussex but should be fit for South Africa's Test series in England © Getty Images

Vernon Philander will return to South Africa for rehabilitation on a groin injury suffered while playing for Sussex. He is expected to be out for "two to three weeks" and will miss Sussex's Royal London Cup campaign.

Philander was due to be available for the first two months of the county season, with a view to acclimatising ahead of South Africa's tour this summer. However, he only managed to send down 17 overs in Sussex's opening Championship match - a 226-run defeat to Kent at Hove - and did not take the field in the second innings.

Sussex have announced that he will head back to South Africa to rest, ruling him out of their Championship match against Nottinghamshire starting on Friday, as well as the group stage of the Royal London Cup. The club hope Philander will then be able to play in four Championship fixtures, starting with Durham's visit on May 21.

Philander has not played an ODI for South Africa since 2015 and did not make the squad for the Champions Trophy despite being considered for his ability to swing the new ball in English conditions. His fitness for the Test series, which starts on July 6, is likely to be a more pressing concern.

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  • JohannK on April 20, 2017, 12:52 GMT

    Philander does not swing the ball. He uses the seam to generate subtle movement and he is very accurate - when he is fit.

    This latest groin injury is very disappointing, as it is the type of injury that can recur very easily, esp at this stage of a bowler's career.

    I would be very concerned if SA had both Steyn and Philander in the starting line-up, as they could both be injured mid-way through a match. Not to mention Morkel, but I doubt they will all play along with Rabada.

  • CricketChat on April 19, 2017, 12:21 GMT

    Steyn, Philander and Morkel have all become chronically injury prone. I am afraid SA is investing a lot of resources, but can only expect limited returns whenever they are deemed fit, only to return to the injury list soon afterwards. Like any top level sportsperson would do, they will not quit on their own even when the writing is on the wall. The selectors need to nudge them out. SA should consult Aussies as they are adept at this method.

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