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Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador Profile: Vernon Philander

Vernon Philander of the Proteas - Test
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Everything you need to know about Hollywoodbets' Brand Ambassador, Vernon Philander.

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Vernon Philander - The Surgeon

Vernon Philander is one of the finest red-ball all-rounders South Africa has ever produced. Reaching 50 wickets in just seven Tests, he would go on to take 224 scalps in 64 games. 

While not blessed with the out-and-out pace of Morne Morkel or Dale Steyn, his unerring accuracy and ability to move the ball off the seam saw him regularly rip through top orders with the new ball.

He sensationally became the second-fastest player to reach 50 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in only his seventh match. He would go on to become the sixth-fastest player to reach 100 Test wickets in 2016 while playing in his 19th Test. 

While his performances with the ball stole headlines the world over, he was no mug with the willow. Boasting a Test batting average of 24.04, he had notched eight half-centuries by the end of his career. 

He would also make a number of appearances for the Proteas in the shorter formats of the game. The five-day game, however, is where the Surgeon shone brightest. 

As well as representing the Proteas, Philander also turned out for Western Province and the Cape Cobras domestically, he also played for the likes of Kent, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Devon, and the Jamaica Tallawahs.

International Career Stats

Test Bowling:

Matches: 64
Wickets: 224
Average: 22.32
Best Figures (Innings): 6/21
Best Figures (Match): 10/102
Economy: 2.63

Test Batting:

Matches: 64
Runs: 1 779
Average: 24.04
Highest Score: 74
50s: 8

ODI Bowling

Matches: 30
Wickets: 41
Average: 24.04
Best Figures: 4/12
Economy: 4.62

ODI Batting

Matches: 30
Runs: 151
Average: 12.58
Highest Score: 30*

T20I Bowling

Matches: 7
Wickets: 4
Average: 28.50
Best Figures: 2/23
Economy: 8.24

T20I Batting

Matches: 7
Runs: 14
Average: 3.50
Highest Score: 6

Philander Joins the Purple Team

Philander made his debut for the Purple Team back in January of 2023 in Cape Town and had this to say:

“I am very excited to partner with Hollywoodbets as a Brand Ambassador. This partnership will give me an opportunity to work with different people from all walks of life doing what I love and what I am passionate about, which is giving back to the community and ensuring that cricket is going in the right direction. I believe and hope that working with the Purple Brand will amplify the love for cricket in general and taking sports and entertainment to new heights while making a positive impact in our communities.” 

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