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South Africa pace bowler Vernon Philander will remain in hospital overnight due to a potential viral infection.
Philander took two wickets on the first day of the ongoing third Test at The Oval in between bouts of a stomach bug.
However, on the second day, Philander only bowled five overs before his condition worsened, which led to him being taken to the hospital.
“Vernon Philander has been admitted to hospital and is being treated for a probable viral infection,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said. “He will remain in hospital overnight on intravenous fluids for rehydration and will be reassessed in the morning to determine his participation in the current match.”
South Africa batting coach Neil McKenzie added: “A guy like Vernon, we know his wicket-taking abilities especially on a wicket like that with grass and assistance. Yesterday he went passed the bat on numerous occasions. We miss his control.
“If you look at his economy rates, it’s not just about wickets – but that control and the economy rate – and I think on that wicket today and yesterday, the economy just shows we didn’t land enough balls in the right areas and ask enough questions.
“Hopefully he’ll be back and we can try and get close to the score – lessen the deficit and then we know how important he is with the ball. If it is going to be overcast tomorrow like the forecasts predict he’s going to be vital for us to get back into this contest.”
If Philander were to play no further part in the third Test, it would be a huge blow for South Africa as he has been their best bowler by far in the Test series. Furthermore, he was named Man of the Match in the second Test at Trent Bridge, which South Africa won by 340 runs, as he took five wickets to go with scores of 54 and 42 respectively.