Faf du Plessis critical of Vernon Philander’s overall fitness and absence

• Du Plessis says Philander needs to be fit for series against India and Australia
• South Africa captain believes AB de Villiers will not return to Test cricket

Faf du Plessis delivered a withering assessment of Vernon Philander’s overall fitness following South Africa’s series defeat in England and told the wider public it is time to move on from the prospect of AB de Villiers ever returning to Test cricket.

Speaking after the 3-1 loss, the Proteas captain was simply asked about the frustration of the back spasms suffered by Philander that ruled him out a final Test that could have levelled the series and opted to make a point about his conditioning.

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