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Captain of the South African Cricket team Faf DU Plessis coined Philander as the New Jaques Kallis of the South African Cricket team after he marched his team towards a glorious victory against England
Plessis won the Man of the Match award after defeating England by a huge margin of 340 runs in the 2nd innings of the test match at Trent Bridge, he totally banged up the match and bagged the MOM award for the fantastic performance he showed on the pitch
It is not an easy task to be compared to Kallis as he is the one the most favorite living Legend of all times the world has ever witnessed but getting compared to him or standing beside him in the Comparison is itself a matter to be proud upon and cherish the moment he is living in
He made valuable scores of 54 and 42 at number seven before taking three wickets for 24 in 10 overs as England, chasing a huge 474 for victory, collapsed to 133 all out in what was their heaviest Test defeat, in terms of runs, at Trent Bridge.
“He’s becoming the new Jacques Kallis the way he’s batting,” said du Plessis of Philander after the Proteas levelled this four-match series at 1-1. “He’s a fantastic cricketer. When there’s something there (in the pitch), he’s probably the best in the world at doing something with it.”
South Africa altered the balance of their team after a 211-run defeat in the first Test at Lord’s, a match du Plessis missed following the birth of his first child, and the returning skipper was delighted by how Philander had embraced his enhanced role in Nottingham.
“We left a batsman out to play two all-rounders, with that comes extra responsibility,” said the captain. “With the promotion to number seven, I backed his technique and he responded by getting crucial runs in this game. He stepped up to the plate.”
Former England captain Michael Atherton, writing in The Times, said “England lost four wickets to some of the best fast bowling you will see,” adding: “Philander’s opening spell from the Pavilion End should be commissioned as a textbook offering for any seamer of medium pace on how to put top order left-handers under pressure.”
The 32-year-old Philander, explaining how he went about his work, said: “With the moving ball here it’s difficult because you can’t just leave me, with the odd one nipping back.
“I’m looking to attack off-stump consistently and that makes life difficult for those left-handers.”
Fast bowler Morne Morkel was unlucky not to take a wicket Monday, as the recalled Morris made his presence felt.
“With the addition of Chris, our attack is even greater because we’ve got four seamers now,” said Philander. “It’s exciting to be part of it and to lead an attack.”