Johannesburg: South African pacer Vernon Philander has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand with a recurrent hamstring strain.
The speedster who has been bowling amazingly well announced the update on his niggle via popular social networking site Twitter: “I’ll be out of the next match due to a hamstring strain. Rehab going well and hoping to be back on the park soon.”
The same injury had forced him out of a first-class match right before the Kiwis came visiting but he was fit for the first Test where he claimed a five-for in an exquisite 6 over first-innings spell.
The second Test between South Africa and New Zealand begins on Friday at Port Elizabeth and Rory Kleinveldt will replace Philander.