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Philander to remain in hospital overnight

July 23 2018, 05:44 | Van Peters

Philander to remain in hospital overnight

Roland-Jones Stokes put England on top

"Vernon Philander has been admitted to hospital and is being treated for a probable viral infection".

But he only bowled five more overs in Friday's first session before leaving the field and has yet to return.

The 25-year-old Durham left-hander, England-qualified through his mother and by residence, almost fell cheaply again to another slip catch by Dean Elgar off Vernon Philander only for an edge on six to be dropped on this occasion.

The Proteas head into the third day in a heap of trouble at 126 for eight, still 28 runs away from avoiding the follow-on.

Jennings, who'd nudged two balls off the inside edge passed the stumps and was dropped on six, all off Philander's bowling, was not out on 34, while Westley, who looks a very composed no.3 was on 28.

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Alastair Cook ensured a quality launch to The Oval's 100th Test with an innings of familiar patience and defiance that guided England to 171 for four against South Africa on an absorbing but rain-disrupted opening day of the third Test on Thursday.

The diminutive Bavuma had a reprieve on 40 when an edged drive off Broad flew low to gully where a diving Ben Stokes could not hold what would have been a stunning catch.

And he then produced an even better cover-driven four off James Anderson, with England's record Test wicket-taker hit on the up.

The Middlesex seamer completed a memorable debut five-fer with the wicket of Temba Bavuma, who had notched his eighth Test 50 before being caught behind by Jonny Bairstow.

Stokes made 112 and Cook 88 in a competitive first-innings total after England were twice dismissed cheaply in a thumping 340-run second Test defeat at Trent Bridge.

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