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New Zealand put on an embarrassing batting show by getting bundled out for a paltry 45 on the first day of the Opening Test at Newlands in Cape Town. The visitors batting first after winning the toss were bowled out just before lunch thanks to a dream spell of 6-3-7-5 from seamer Vernon Philander.

As the year draws to a close, we look at the top five bowlers in cricket in 2012 in all three formats of the game.

South Africa aiming to go 1-0 up at Adelaide have been hit by a double injury blow. The visitors have lost their match-winning pace bowler Vernon Philander this morning through a stiff lower back.

South Africa’s dethroning of England was built on the back of a few superlative performances from their top players. Here’s a look back at the men and their magic that made the difference.

South Africa held onto a 51-run victory in the Lord’s Test to complete a 2-0 Series win. As a result of this series win, South Africa have now replaced England as the World No.1 Test Team.

South Africa are in a great position to win the Third Test at Lord’s and finish the series 2-0 as a superb opening spell from Vernon Philander has reduced the hosts to 16 for 2 in a run chase of 346 during the fourth day’s play on Sunday! England are now on the defensive with the 16 runs coming in 13 overs at the loss of its two openers.

A fighting stand of 124 between Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow rescued England in the Lord’s Test. By the close of play on Day 2, England are decently placed at 208 for 5 in 72 overs in reply to the visitors’ total of 309. Jonny Bairstow is still batting with a career best knock of 72*.

Fast bowler Vernon Philander was named as the Cricketer of the Year in Cricket South Africa’s annual awards. Philander also won two more awards – Test Cricketer of the Tear and Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.

Match Report of New Zealand Vs South Africa, Day 4, Third Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington