South Africa bowler Vernon Philander has been taken to hospital during the third Test against England. The 32-year-old only bowled 12 overs on day one at The Oval as he complained of reoccurring stomach pain. Despite struggling, Philander took two wickets – removing opener Keaton Jennings and skipper Joe Root – before leaving the field.
The experienced paceman returned on day two but was forced off again after bowling a further five overs. And now Philander has been taken to a nearby hospital to undergo tests – with the bowler reportedly suffering from dehydration. Philander, who has taken 10 wickets in the series, will miss the rest of the day’s play and it is not known whether he will be able to play any further part in the game. Despite Philander’s impressive spell, England surpassed 350 in their first innings thanks to Ben Stokes’ century and Alastair Cook’s 82.