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Proteas will aim for a whitewash, warns Vernon Philander

[caption id="attachment_29032" align="alignnone" width="580"]Vernon-Philander Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander has warned the Indians about a whitewash.[/caption]

Johannesburg: South African pacer Vernon Philander on Monday said that the Proteas will be eyeing a clean sweep and would not lower their guard in the third Test starting here on Wednesday.

"It is just another game of cricket for us, but we do want to win each and every single game we play. So, it doesn't matter that the Test series has already been won, we want to win all three matches, The emphasis is on preparation, and doing it well today and tomorrow. We want to win this Test as well, “said Philander.

The wicket at the bullring has a lot of grass covering suggesting it will have a lot of pace and bounce for the fast bowlers. On being asked about the Wanderers wicket, Philander said, "I haven't looked at the pitch yet, but normally there is pace and bounce at the Wanderers. Our roles always differ on different types of surfaces. I play with understanding of my role in the side.”
The hosts are mulling the idea of going in with an extra batsman but Philander felt there were slim chances of an all-seam attack, leaving spinner Keshav Maharaj out.
"Playing an extra batsman won't change things where I bat at no.7 or 8. I still have to contribute with bat and ball, and it won't make any massive difference to me as a player. I see myself as an all-rounder, and the rest is down to selectors and team management," he said.
"You always have to put pressure on yourself and have a sense of pride in what you do. It is a big responsibility to bat at no.7 and you have to take on the challenge. It worked well in England but at home conditions are different. I enjoy this challenge," he said.
Philander heaped praise on spinner Maharaj, describing him as a strike bowler.
"Keshav Maharaj has done a massive job for us. Not only in this series but previously as well. He keeps it tight but makes no mistake he is a strike bowler for us. He picks up vital wickets at key times," he said.
Talking about Centurion debutant Lungi Ngidi, Philander said, "He is a phenomenal talent. He has pace and bounce, the way he went about his business, and the manner in which he stayed calm, it was all good to see.
"He asked a lot of question off Morne Morkel and me at mid-on/mid-off. It was wonderful to see that we have so many bowlers pumping in the pipeline as well. He is a wonderful talent and long may this trend continue."

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