Du Plessis hails Phi­lan­der as ‘new Kal­lis’

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Not­ting­ham, UK - South African cap­tain Faf du Plessis said Ver­non Phi­lan­der was on the way to be­com­ing the "new Jac­ques Kal­lis" af­ter his man-ofthe-match win­ning dis­play in a crush­ing 340-run win over Eng­land in the sec­ond Test at Trent Bridge on Mon­day.

Phi­lan­der was in fine form with both bat and ball as South Africa won with more than a day to spare. He made valu­able scores of 54 and 42 at No 7 be­fore tak­ing three wick­ets for 24 in ten overs as Eng­land, chas­ing a huge 474 for vic­tory, col­lapsed to 133 all out in what was its heav­i­est Test de­feat, in terms of runs, at Trent Bridge.

Now re­tired South Africa great Kal­lis was an out­stand­ing all-rounder, scor­ing 45 Test hun­dreds and av­er­ag­ing more than 55. The lively pace­man also took 292 wick­ets at 32.65, and held 200 catches as well.

Phi­lan­der, pri­mar­ily a fast-medium bowler with a price­less abil­ity to move the ball late, is some way off match­ing those fig­ures - his high­est score in 45 Tests is 74. But 169 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 22.21 are proof of his po­tency as a bowler.

"He's be­com­ing the new Jac­ques Kal­lis the way he's bat­ting," said du Plessis of Phi­lan­der af­ter the Proteas lev­elled this four-match se­ries at 1-1.

"He's a fan­tas­tic crick­eter. When there's some­thing there (in the pitch), he's prob­a­bly the best in the world at do­ing some­thing with it."

South Africa al­tered the bal­ance of its team af­ter a 211-run de­feat in the first Test at Lord's, and du Plessis was de­lighted by how Phi­lan­der had em­braced his en­hanced role in Not­ting­ham.

"We left a bats­man out to play two all-rounders, with that comes ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity," said the cap­tain.

"With the pro­mo­tion to No 7, I backed his tech­nique and he re­sponded by get­ting cru­cial runs in this game. He stepped up to the plate."

Former Eng­land cap­tain Michael Ather­ton, writ­ing in The Times, said, "Eng­land lost four wick­ets to some of the best fast bowl­ing you will see," ad­ding, "Phi­lan­der's open­ing spell from the Pavil­ion End should be com­mis­sioned as a text­book of­fer­ing for any seamer of medium pace on how to put top order left-han­ders un­der pres­sure."

The 32 year old Phi­lan­der, ex­plain­ing how he went about his work, said, "With the mov­ing ball here it's dif­fi­cult be­cause you can't just leave me, with the odd one nip­ping back.

"I'm look­ing to at­tack off-stump con­sis­tently and that makes life dif­fi­cult for those left-han­ders."

Ver­non Phi­lan­der (left) and Faf du Plessis

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