Philander has taken 216 wickets in 60 Test matches.
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has confirmed that seamer Vernon Philander will miss the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Boxing Day, after sustaining a hairline fracture on his right thumb.
Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has not ruled out the possibility of experienced pace bowling duo, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn, being in the final squad for next year's World Cup.
South Africa seamer Vernon Philander will make his return from injury for the Cape Cobras in their four-day clash against the Dolphins in Oudtshoorn starting on Monday.
Vernon Philander is doubtful for the first Test against Bangladesh, starting later this month, after Cricket South Africa (CSA) pulled the seamer out of the first round of first-class fixtures starting on Tuesday.
The Cape Cobras ignited and united by a preseason period of 11 weeks, will be bolstered by the return of two international stars, Temba Bavuma and Vernon Philander, when they embark on their tour to the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn.
South Africa allrounder Vernon Philander has become one of the most valuable members of the Proteas Test team, according to bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.