Vernon Darryl Philander
(born 24 June 1985 in Bellville
) is a South African cricketer
. A right-handed allrounder, he has previously represented his country at under 19 level. He plays for Western Province
in South African domestic cricket.
On 21 January 2007 he was a victim of an armed robbery along with several other Cobras teammates. The robbers pushed a gun against his face as they raided a fast food restaurant that he was dining in.
Philander made his ODI
debut on his 22nd birthday, against Ireland
at Belfast. He scored 4 for 12, causing his team to win.
Philander was chosen for the emerging players tournament in Australia, and took 3 for 30 and 59 off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand A, resulting in South Africa winning the overall tournament.
On 1 April 2008, it was announced that Philander would be one of Middlesex CCC's overseas players for the 2008 English Domestic season. He will stay at Lord's until the arrival of Murali Kartik
in June. Philander replaced the Australian Ashley Noffke
, who is unable to fulfill his commitment to play for the County this year, having been selected for the Australian's Summer 2008 tour of the West Indies.
On 28 May, Philander was disciplined by the England and Wales Cricket Board
after he was reported by umpires Peter Willey
and George Sharp
for unacceptable on-field behaviour.