• Philander welcomes new culture at Heat

    Cape Cobras all-rounder Vernon Philander is relishing playing alongside Dolphins stars during the Mzansi Super League.

    Philander represents the Cobras in South African domestic cricket, but was drafted by the Durban Heat for the inaugural MSL.

    ‘It’s wonderful to mix with different guys and cultures. It has been really good to get away from what we’re accustomed to and to be put in this new space, where we can learn off each other and try new things,’ Philander told Sport24.

    ‘Playing in Durban has been a big change and a new experience, but it is one that I am really enjoying. We have a great group of guys and a fantastic spirit in our squad.’

    He is accompanied by fellow Proteas cricketers David Miller, Hashim Amla and Keshav Maharaj at the Heat.

    ‘The national guys are all split up into different teams and that makes for exciting new competition, and the Proteas guys are all excited by that,’ he added.

    The Heat currently occupy fourth position in the tournament’s six-team standings, after one win in three attempts. They will clash with the Paarl Rocks, who outdid the log-leading Cape Town Blitz late last week, at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.

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