In the Second Test match against England, Philander was awarded the Man Of The Match as he made contributions with both bat and ball. He scored 54 and 42 coming in at number seven in the first and second innings respectively. He also took three wickets for 24 runs in 10 overs in the second innings.
Though he is far away from Kallis’ outstanding record in Tests, Philander has made himself a permanent member of the team at least.
Philander was given the role of an all-rounder after South Africa lost the first Test at Lord’s and Du Plessis said that he was glad that Philander took the responsibility. “We left a batsman out to play two all-rounders, with that comes extra responsibility. With the promotion to number seven, I backed his technique and he responded by getting crucial runs in this game. He stepped up to the plate,” he said. "He’s becoming the new Jacques Kallis the way he’s batting,” said du Plessis. “He’s a fantastic cricketer. When there’s something there (in the pitch), he’s probably the best in the world at doing something with it.” he addes.
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