South Africa will be without quick bowler Vernon Philander in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth because of an evaluation one hamstring injury. Head mentor Ottis Gibson affirmed the advancement, uncovering that Philander could be out for about fourteen days.
“Vernon has an evaluation 1 hamstring strain. This is the last Test match of the summer and he’s practically out for 10 to 12 days, which rules him out of this Test match,” Gibson said.
Among the pace group of four, including Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier, Philander bowled the least in the 1st Test in Durban (18 overs over the two innings), which Sri Lanka won in sensational style to take an unassailable lead in the two-match series.
Going into the series decider game, South Africa may swing to 21-year-old medium-pacer, Wiaan Mulder, who made his ODI debut in 2017, however, is yet to make a big appearance in Tests. In 20 First-Class games, Mulder has 60 wickets at an average of 23.61. Gibson figured the youngster will be considered to fill the shoes of Philander, considering he will be a like-for-like substitution.
“We will take a gander at the conditions and afterward we will attempt to settle on the best choice for the group. Clearly, Mulder would be a like-for-like trade for Vernon, so that is something that we will consider also.”
The 2nd Test will start on February 21.