The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Saturday decided to award Vernon Philander a national contract in recognition of his strong start to his Test career this summer.
In four home Tests, Philander has taken 30 wickets, with four five-wicket hauls, including a match-best of 10 for 102 against Sri Lanka at Centurion.
“Vernon has been an outstanding asset for the Proteas’ Castle Lager squad this summer and his successes have been well documented,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
“The awarding of a contract is well deserved and also gives the team management the tools to manage his workload correctly as the Proteas embark on a very busy international year that includes away tours to New Zealand, England and Australia as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.”
Mr. Majola also announced that South Africa would play a series of five T20s against Zimbabwe in June in Zimbabwe before they tour England as part of the build-up to the World Twenty20.