A brilliant bowling performance by Vernon Philander saw the Proteas secure a remarkable victory in the second Test at Trent Bridge. In both the innings, Philander picked up key wickets, putting pressure on the opposition bowlers and was deservedly rewarded with the man of the match award.
After receiving the award Philander spoke about South Africa’s desire to do well and said, “We were all disappointed after the Lord’s Test match and needed to do something better here. Going into that Test I was a bit cold with the ankle injury that I sustained playing for Sussex. Over here, I got my groove back. Once you get the rhythm going, you need to make the most of it.”
When asked if he loves bowling to the left-handers, Philander said, “Always (on asked if he enjoys bowling to the England left-handers).”
Lauding the efforts of compatriot, Morne Morkel, Philander said, It (Morkel bowling well) gives me the freedom of going about my things. I think he is one of those bowlers known for keeping it tight. All the bowlers have been significant in this match. It was very tough on the first morning, a bold decision to bat first on this wicket. They got us those runs to defend in the end. An all round performance from the team today.”
Meanwhile, after the win, South African skipper Faf du Plessis completed his side for sustaining the pressure on the opposition and keeping the momentum going. “I just thought we did our basics better. We put England under pressure for a longer period of time. It was important for us after Russell (coach) left us. It is always tough after something like that. We just focused on getting back to things we have done better in the past. There was intensity in the way we played. “, he said.