Vernon Philander has become the second fastest bowler to take 50 test wickets, after claiming six in the first innings against New Zealand in the third test.
The 26 year old has accomplished this feat in just seven tests, only trailing behind Australian Charlie Turner, who did it in six.
However, in terms of the time taken to reach this milestone, Philander is by far the quickest, doing it in just 139 days, after debuting in November last year.
Philander, who talked to reporters, said: “This attack gives me the freedom to do what I need to do. We’ve got guys who can keep it tight, they keep a hold on the game and give me the chance to strike all the time and to put my skill on show.”
He gained his 50th wicket, when New Zealand lower order batsman, Doug Bracewell, got an inside edge, which went back onto the stumps, sparking a rather composed celebration from Philander.
However, Philander also said that he would prefer if his 50th wicket would not be dwelled upon by the media and cricketing community.
“Each wicket is important. It has come at a rapid pace, but I’ll take it one pole at a time” he said.
He also stated that even though he has accomplished this amazing feat, he would not take his foot off the gas and let the success he has had so far get to his head.
“Bowling form is like batting form. If things go for you, you make sure you keep doing it (and) that’s what I’m doing” Philander added.
Philander, also noted that the media should be praising the bowling attack of the entire squad, instead of just focusing on his accomplishment.
“It’s a special squad and a special bowling unit that we have. It’s all coming together” he said.
New Zealand are in real trouble against the South Africans, after just managing to avoid the follow-on by just one run.
To make matters worse, New Zealand’s Captain, Ross Taylor, will not be able to play for the rest of the test, after fracturing his forearm from a short pitched delivery by Morne Morkel.
With New Zealand on the ropes, South Africa will be looking to take a commanding lead and bowl them out in quick succession to win the series 2-0.