Johannesburg, Jun 7: Fast bowler Vernon Philander was named South African cricketer of the year after his impressive Test debut in the 2011-12 season on Wednesday.
The youngster was sensational against Australia as he claimed a maiden five-wicket haul (5/15) in his debut Test against the Aussies in Cape Town in November 2011 as Michael Clarke-led Australia were bowled out for 47, their fourth lowest Test total in the history of the game.
Cape Cobras pacer has topped South Africa's bowling averages in three Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
The bowler has been sensational since he made his debut in 2011,as he has picked 51 wickets off seven Tests at an amazing average of 14.15 and on six occasions, Philander has taken five or more wickets in an innings, most importantly has claimed 10 wickets in a match twice so far.
Having won the Test cricketer of the year in 2011, Philander has been the next promising cricketer after Dale Steyn, who is considered to be world's number one fast bowler, bowling a tight line making the ball move in both the directions through the air and off the seam.
While Philander was named the cricketer of the year, AB de Villiers was named one-day international cricketer of the year for his sensational performance throughout the year. He has collected 475 runs at an average of 158.33 with a strike rate of 116.13 in the first season of South Africa's limited-overs captain.
Richard Levi, who captured all the attention before the fifth edition of Indian Premier League as Mumbai signed him following his excellent show in T20s, has been drawing attention again as he was named Twenty20 player of the year for his brilliant unbeaten 117 off 51 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton.
The South African cricketer has also set a world record after scoring his century off just 45 deliveries which included 13 sixes.
Here is the list of award winners (South Africa)
Cricketer of the year: Vernon Philander
Test cricketer of the year: Vernon Philander
One-day International cricketer of the year: AB de Villiers
Twenty20 international player of the year: Richard Levi
Newcomer of the year: Marchant de Lange
Outstanding individual performance: Richard Levi