Vernon Philander was ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth starting Friday (January 11) after an old hamstring injury resurfaced. Rory Kleinveldt was named to replace Philander in the playing XI.
The same injury had threatened to put him out of the first Test between the two sides in Cape Town, but not only did Philander make the starting line-up, he bowled 30 overs, including a five-over burst in the New Zealand first-innings that saw him pick five wickets as New Zealand were bowled out for 45. Philander was named the Man of the Match for his effort.
“Vernon’s hamstring strain will require a recovery period of seven to ten days at the very least,” said Mohammed Moosajee, the South African team manager, in a statement.
“Although he is responding to treatment received over the past few days, we feel it’s unlikely that he’ll recover in time for this week’s test. Besides, with the Pakistan series less than a month away, it’s not worth the risk of aggravating the injury.”
While Kleinveldt was going to earn his third test cap in Philander’s absence, Ryan McLaren was added to the squad.
South Africa’s three-Test series against Pakistan starts on February 2.