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    Vernon Philander retires

    The guy spent a lot of his early years in tests averaging below 20 with the ball.
    He was the second man to Steyn in those times and then has ended up being second string to Rabada though never not an important part of the side.
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    there will be 18 english counties looking to sign him up if he's interested.

    had a fine career, opening batsman will sleep a little easier.
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    One of South Africa's modern greats. He's had a fine career but one feels his fitness prevented him from becoming a 100 test veteran.

    Still he's had quite an accomplished test career, taking part in several memorable wins for South Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    He's had a fine career but one feels his fitness prevented him from becoming a 100 test veteran.
    I'm not sure he would have made it to 100 - Steyn and Morkel didn't get there either and they had a five year head start on him (slightly more in Steyn's case), although both did have long periods out with injury. But even if Philander had had no fitness/injury problems he still may have fallen short. He's played 60 tests, and I don't know if he missed as many as 40 in that time but it seems a bit too much.


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    Congrats to the big bloke on a terrific career. Always a pleasure to watch him bowl.

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    40 years later in South Africa ATG XIs he will be included ahead of Rabada, Procter, and Pollock. Didn't realise he was already 34. Will be missed.

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    Very good player. I hope he has a happy retirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dendarii View Post
    I'm not sure he would have made it to 100 - Steyn and Morkel didn't get there either and they had a five year head start on him (slightly more in Steyn's case), although both did have long periods out with injury. But even if Philander had had no fitness/injury problems he still may have fallen short. He's played 60 tests, and I don't know if he missed as many as 40 in that time but it seems a bit too much.
    Steyn was injured for most of his 30s and didnít Morkel lose his place in the team

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milenko47 View Post
    40 years later in South Africa ATG XIs he will be included ahead of Rabada, Procter, and Pollock. Didn't realise he was already 34. Will be missed.
    Rabada is going to end up South Africa's top wicket taker and is doing it at a similar average to anyone before him and is still young and improving. Steyn is the only one who in 40 years time will be remembered as better than rabada imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Flint View Post
    Rabada is going to end up South Africa's top wicket taker and is doing it at a similar average to anyone before him and is still young and improving. Steyn is the only one who in 40 years time will be remembered as better than rabada imo
    Rabada will be hard-pressed to get a better average than Philander and the latter's batting might form the difference between our successor's perceptions.

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    Imo Philander is an atg but not quite in the upper echelon due to his away record. Simple as that.
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    To often outbowl peak Steyn at home is no mean feat. Will miss tuning in to mornings of South African series with him and Steyn steaming in, even if we haven't seen that for a while now.
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    You cannot just downgrade the skill he had to basically be almost unplayable in helpful conditions. I mean, its one thing to get friendly conditions but quite another to be good enough to guarantee your team a win under such conditions. Its a skill that is rather underappreciated as people keep looking at how someone does in conditions not helpful to them. Vern was amazing at what he does and he won games for his country by maximizing his traits in certain conditions. Not sure what else an international cricketer is supposed to do. Will be missed and hope he has a good life post retirement. Wish him the best.
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