• Philander reportedly nearing Kolpak deal

    Proteas all-rounder Vernon Philander is reportedly close to signing a Kolpak contract.

    Philander will retire from all forms of international cricket after the Test series against England, which will start in Centurion on Thursday.

    Somerset are reportedly among the counties interested in recruiting Philander.

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    ‘I would like to hereby announce that I will be retiring from international cricket at the conclusion of the Test series against England. I feel that it is the appropriate time to conclude what has been an amazing journey,’ said Philander earlier this week.

    ‘I want to give thanks to my heavenly father for blessing me with the opportunity to represent my country for the last 12 years. It has been a honour and privilege to have played alongside the very best in the game as well as being part of the best test team for a number of years.

    ‘Thank you must also go to Cricket South Africa, the Cape Cobras, all the coaches, management, captains and team mates and the very special fans from all over the world for your love and support.

    ‘I would like to say a special thanks to my wife, family and friends for your loyalty and support on this journey which has obviously had its ups and downs. And to my number one fan since day one – mom, thank you so much.

    ‘I would like to express my gratitude to all the sponsors of the game of cricket in South Africa as well as my own amazing sponsors who have become like family over the years.

    ‘My entire focus and energy at this time is to help the Proteas beat England which I am really looking forward to. Looking forward to seeing you all there.’

    Former Proteas fast bowler Morne Morkel and batsman Hashim Amla signed Kolpak contracts after retiring from international cricket. Both play for Surrey in the County Championship Division One.

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