Faf Du Plessis reckons Vernon Philander is getting close to fulfilling the all-rounder’s slot in the South African XI which has been vacant since the departure of Jacques Kallis.
When Kallis was there, South Africa had the luxury of playing an extra batsman and only four specialist bowlers because Kallis would perform the role of the 5th bowler as well as anyone else.
But after he hung his boots, there was always a selection conundrum for the think tank because there was nobody in the squad who could contribute effectively with both bat and ball.
So either they had to go with an extra batsman which would increase the workload on the bowlers or with an extra bowler which would elongate the tail.
However Philander seems to be the solution of that conundrum as he is starting to emerge as a genuine all round option for the team now. Read More