The Cobras will host The Unlimited Titans on Friday (starting time: 14h00).
“I grew up on this wicket and I know which areas to hit and what lengths to bowl. It is difficult to explain,” Philander said when probed about his great performances at Newlands.
The fast-medium bowler took five for 17 on test debut against Australia in 2011 as the Baggy Greens were restricted to 49 in their second innings.
In the 2012/2013-season, he captured a sensational five for seven as New Zealand was dismissed for a lowly 45 at the same ground.
Can he produce this type of performance on Friday?
“The ball is coming out of the hand very well right now,” Philander said.
Newlands has been an ally of fast-medium bowlers who put their backs into it the last few seasons, and that is no secret, said Evan Flynt, the PPC Newlands curator.
The past three months has seen Philander add five kilometres per hour to his normal speed of around 130 km/h, and he will severely test the temperament and talent of the Titans on Friday.
Philander hammered an unbeaten 50 off 28 balls in the first Momentum One Day Cup match of the season, against the bizhub Highveld Lions.
Asked about his batting, the all-rounder said the past two national coaches, Gary Kirsten and Russell Domingo, have motivated him to improve his art.
And he has responded in style, as several batting performances by Philander have contributed to South Africa’s proud unbeaten record away from home.
“One of my goals is to score a test century, but it won’t be easy, as I am batting at number eight, and usually I’m joining the tail-enders,” he said.
Philander has struck four half-centuries for South Africa and averages 26.70 with the blade in 31 tests.