Cape Town – Whatever happens between now and the end of his career, Vernon Philander goes down as one of the largest Probationers powered by South Africa ever.
Its line and incredible length and ability to maximize friendly conditions for a bowler around the world have been seen 205 Press average wickets of just 21.54.
He is the fastest cricketer since 1896 to 50 Test test wicket – it just took 7 games – and he is also the fastest African South in history i 100 Test test (19 games).
The Big Vern & # 39 contribution can never be questioned; i Proteas in the longest form of the game.
However, for whatever reason, the ODI Philander career has never reached the ground.
Its average of 24.04 and economy rate 4.62 in the format suggests that it should boast much more than a current account of 30 ODI caps over a period of 11 years.
Philander's apparent value to the Probation side could, over the years, mean that the Proteas Brains trust made a conscious decision to extend his red ball career as far as possible, and that would help explain why his role in white ball cricket has been limited.
Since playing in the 2015 Cricket World Cup final against New Zealand in Auckland, Philander has just played two more ODIs, who came the last time against the same opposition at Potchefstroom in August that same year.
Philander has gone well over three years without playing ODI.
That could all change when the Proteas hosts Pakistan for five ODI early next year in what is essential for the 2019 World Cup in England.
Philander will certainly play in the three Trials that start that trip, but he wants more than that.
Although the Proteas already have a pretty good idea of their XI's best for the World Cup, a little uncertainty continues.
The most prominent question mark turns over the whole-round situation No. 7, where Faf du Plessis and trainer Ottis Gibson are looking for a "70% bat player and 30% a bowler ". Although that division will never describe a player of the obvious Philander bowling capability, his strength of bats can not be undermined.
He has an accurate technical player that has become better and better with the willow because his career has moved on, has highlighted him by hitting 104 for the Cape Cobras against the Dolphins less than a month ago.
Philander can be more than catching with the bat and it's hard to separate what it's offering to compare to those of Dwaine Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder and even unfortunate Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo.
However, there is probably an overdue ODI opportunity for Philander lying in the fact that Ngidi Lungi is injured for three months.
That opens the door to Philander against Pakistan, and will want to make the most of that chance – if it comes.
Du Plessis and Gibson have not yet had any connection, but the 33-year-old is hopeful.
"I would like (play against Pakistan) if it was chosen," said Philander Sports24 on Tuesday.
"You always want to play over your country because it's so honorable.
"Talks in recent years have extended me to my Probation career, but now with the World Cup in England, there's an opportunity to play white ball cricket again and I'll love it."
It does not say that English conditions, which would favor seam bowls historically, fit for Philander to be perfect.
Having said that, it seems that the Proteas has settled on Dale Steyn bowling quartet, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir and Ngidi for the World Cup.
Philander would have to show against Pakistan that he has the firepower to break up the attack, or at least add to it, because Ngidi is expected to be suitable for the five ODIs against Sri Lanka in March next year.
"I think the boys have been really bowling and want men to compete for places," said Philander.
"As long as there is competition then it's good for everyone and we make each other better."
If Philander is going to the World Cup, he will join many other people who still feel the pain of that final final loss to New Zealand in 2015.
Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Du Plessis, David Miller, JP Duminy, Steyn and Tahir all play in that game and are likely to be on the plane to England next year.
"We've all been hurt and there's a pain that has been sitting there for a number of years," said Philander.
"We want to turn it around and go out this time."
Philander currently represents the Durban Heat at the Mzansi Premier League and will now take place on Wednesday night in conflicts against Paarl Creigiau in Kingsmead.
The first ball is expected to be bowling at 19:00.
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