Vernon Philander's star dimmed slightly during the tour to Australia at the end of last year, where he missed a Test with a back injury and, horror of all horrors, didn't take all the wickets on offer like he did in his debut series.

This week he reminded all and sundry of his worth, and for his efforts at Newlands he wins our Player of the Week gong for the second time, only the second player to do so.

His first Test was played in Cape Town, in November 2011, and he returned there this week to take on New Zealand, eager to show he still inspired fear in the hearts of the opposition batsmen.

The Black Caps are in disarray right now, but Philander's efforts on day one in Newlands will stick long in the memory as even the strongest players would have crumbled in the face of his accurate, aggressive pace.

At one stage, en route to the Kiwis' 45 all out, he had sent down three overs, three maidens for three wickets. He removed five of the top six Black Caps batsmen, and of the entire line-up only Kane Williamson reached double figures. He made 13. Philander ended the innings with figures of 6-3-7-5.

South Africa then made 347 and declared with a lead of 302. Philander and fellow paceman Dale Steyn, who took two wickets in the first innings, used the new ball to great effect and the man from Bellville earned the Man of the Match award after adding two more wickets to his game tally.

Honourable mention must be made of Dean Brownlie, who scored a valiant, if useless in the end, maiden century. He batted for over four hours, spanning two days, before being flummoxed by Morne Morkel and the new ball just before lunch on day three, having score 109.