South Africa bowler Vernon Philander passed fit for Lord's Test

by Abel Hampton July 5, 2017, 0:18
South Africa bowler Vernon Philander passed fit for Lord's Test

"I think it's important to be yourself in terms of leadership", Root said.

"We've made adjustments in order to move on". It's entirely up to him what he wants to play. Besides his superb skill, Philander brings a forthrightness to the squad offering clarity following a few weeks in which there's been little of it for the South African team.

Elgar, who becomes the 12th player to captain South Africa since their readmission to global cricket 25 years ago, stands in for Faf du Plessis, who misses the first Test to be with his wife Imari after the birth of their first child.

Head coach Russell Domingo is back in England after he returned to South Africa following the news his mother was seriously injured in a auto accident a week ago.

A similar start on Thursday would go down very well with stand-in skipper Dean Elgar.

Theunis de Bruyn or the uncapped Aiden Markram will replace du Plessis' in the side. If you have the support of the other ten guys on the field, his job will be easier.

Du Plessis has remained in South Africa following the birth of his daughter and opening bat Dean Elgar will lead in his absence. "It's a big miss losing Faf but we understand his circumstances".

Some of that was by design, some was forced on them, but it says a lot about the bowlers" versatility and adaptability that regardless of who takes the "new nut' South Africa has remained risky. He is an experienced player in the Test side and has had good success as a Test opener.

"He is just a phenomenal talent. I'm excited about working with him for the next couple of days as captain". "Hopefully he will have a good Test series".

Morne Morkel is the only other bowler in the squad to have played a series in England, which gives the two senior bowlers added responsibility to impart knowledge and ideas to the rest of the attack.

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