‘I have to concentrate on my own game’


South Africa seamer Vernon Philander knows he is under pressure to perform in the upcoming Test series in India but says he will concentrate on his own game.

Philander sensationally burst onto the Test-match scene in 2011 becoming the quickest Proteas cricketer to get to 100 wickets in Test cricket, in only 19 Tests, while his overall record is still good as he has taken 123 scalps in 31 games at 22.13.

The 30 year-old Cape Town-born player has not been at his best in his last 10 Tests though and is being put under pressure for his place in the side by 20 year-old paceman Kagiso Rabada, who is performing well in the limited-overs formats.

Philander though might have an edge on the last year's under 19 World Cup winner in that he is a better batsman, having already scored four half-centuries in the longest form of the game.

A geniune allrounder in his youth days, Philander says his next goal is to score a Test century in the whites for the Proteas.

Philander said: "I have to focus on what I can control. I have to concentrate on my own game. Right now I'm close to bowling to the level at which I would like to be.

"The ball is coming out of the hand very well. One of my next goals is also to score a test century.

"I know it won't be easy, because one of the top-order batsmen will have to produce and I will also have to bat with the rest of the tail-enders."

The first of four Test matches between South Africa and India starts in Mohali on 5 November.