Philander out of hospital, available to bat in third test

Vernon Philander, who was hospitalised on day two but was declared fit to bat by Cricket South Africa before play, finished unbeaten on 10.

In the process he became just the sixth England cricketer, and first since Graham Onions in 2009, to take five or more wickets in a debut Test bowling innings.

But third slip Dean Elgar could not hold the sharp chance and the ball went for four.

The seamer had got rid of opener Keaton Jennings and captain Joe Root in bowler-friendly conditions on the first morning as England battled against the swinging ball.

South Africa resumed on 126 for eight, still 28 runs shy of avoiding the follow-on.


Philander took two wickets on the first day of the ongoing third Test at The Oval in between bouts of a stomach bug.

Bavuma followed up by driving Roland-Jones for a boundary through mid-on.

It was not until Morkel faced James Anderson (three for 25) for the first time that England broke the stubborn partnership, the tall left-hander edging to slip off the back foot to bring Philander to the crease at last.

Bavuma's edge to the third man boundary off Roland-Jones saw him complete a hard-earned fifty off 111 balls, including eight fours.

Bavuma's defiant knock was then brought to an end by Roland-Jones, who induced a nick behind to finish with 5-57 and a place on the honours board at The Oval. The four-match series between England and South Africa is so far level at 1-1 with England winning the Lord's Test to begin Joe Root's captaincy career in the most flawless manner after the right-hander celebrated his new role with a flamboyant 190 but they lost the plot in the second encounter and stood on the losing side at Trent Bridge.


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