Hamstrung Philander out of Windies clash

2015 World Cup

South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander is definitely out the Proteas' next World Cup match against the West Indies on Friday due to a hamstring injury he picked up in their previous encounter against India on last Sunday.

Philander bowled just four overs against the Indians before he left the field due to the hamstring complaint, although he did come out to bat in the second innings.

The 29 year-old right-arm seamer went for scans on Monday to determine the severity of the injury. The news will come as a blow to the Proteas who conceded a total of 307 against the rampant Indians, as they lost by a mammoth 130 runs at the MCG.

Seam bowler Kyle Abbott is the other seam bowler in the Proteas squad, and could be the natural replacement for Philander. However the selectors could opt to go with an extra batsman, where either Farhaan Behardien or Rilee Rossouw could come in.

South Africa would want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible against the unpredictable Windies, as they would want momentum in a tournament they are looking to win for the first time.