Philander sore but okay after Smith collision


Vernon Philander brushed off his collision with Steve Smith on a day that saw South Africa take control of the second Test with Australia.

Smith's side capitulated in Hobart as they were dismissed for a lowly 85 in the first innings, with only the skipper offering any sort of resistance with his unbeaten 48.

His innings was not incident free, though, as he knocked into Philander in the 13th over as the bowler was appealing, leaving the South African seamer needing treatment on his shoulder.

Luckily for the tourists Philander was able to return after a spell off the pitch and finished with figures of 5-21 as Australia's batting woes resurfaced.

"I was busy appealing so I didn't have my hardest focus on him [Smith] and he basically jammed me with his elbow, but obviously he was ball-watching as well," Philander said of the tangle.

"[He] hit me on the shoulder and I felt a bit of pain straight away [so] I headed off.

"Luckily we've got the best physio in the world and he managed to get me back on the park pretty quickly. These things happen, it's part of the game.

"I'm just glad that I can still partake in the game. It could have been much worse but [I've] a bit of muscle soreness but I'll be okay pretty soon."

South Africa's batsmen then took control of the Test as they reached the close 171-5 with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock well set ahead of day two.

The Proteas will be hoping the conditions are not as bowler-friendly as on Saturday, which Philander acknowledged helped his side's cause.

"You have to have confidence in your ability to execute your skills," Philander added. "This wicket, together with the overhead conditions this morning, suited us to a tee.

"Whenever there's assistance around for the bowlers I think sometimes batters need to feel a bit more positive, show a bit more intent.

"Sometimes that can lead to their downfall, I think when there's a bit [of movement] around you've got to be a bit more patient, leave a few more good balls.

"[But] everyone bowled pretty well today, I don't think there were a lot of soft dismissals, a lot of good balls being bowled."