Twitter Reactions: Vernon Philander wreaks havoc on England in Centurion

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Vernon Philander led a relentless South African bowling performance against England on Day 2 of the first Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.


Philander took four for 16 in 14.2 overs as the Proteas appeared to have taken control by bowling out Joe Root & Co. for 181 – a first-innings lead of 103.

South Africa were 72 for four in their innings at the close of play. They now lead by 175 runs on a pitch, which has proved difficult for batsmen throughout.


Philander, who has announced he will retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing four-match Test series, produced a masterclass of control to complement the strike power of fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada (3/68) and Anrich Nortje (2/47).

For England, Joe Denly hit a half-century after a shaky start. He added partnerships of 55 for the third wicket with captain Root (29) and 72 for the fourth wicket with Ben Stokes (35).

England collapsed, however, after Denly was caught behind off an inside edge to give debutant Dwaine Pretorius his maiden Test wicket.


Here’s how Twitter reacted:


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