South Africa pacer Vernon Philander has been taken to hospital after he sat out for most of the second day’s play in the ongoing third Test against England at The Oval. Also Read - England Tour of South Africa ODI Series Called Off After COVID-19 Scare

Philander clinched two wickets for 17 runs in 12 overs in between bouts of what was said to be stomach illness on Thursday’s rain-marred first day. But he only bowled five more overs in Friday’s first session before leaving the field and has yet to return to play. Also Check: India in Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli Scores 1000 Runs As Captain in Away Tests Also Read - 'Ask Before You Use it Next Time' - Kevin Pietersen's Cheeky Response to Joe Root Attempting Switch Hit in Training

A team spokeswoman said Philander had been taken to hospital for tests to determine the precise nature of his condition, which now appears to be more serious than initially thought. The 32-year-old Philander is one of the leading seam bowlers in world cricket, having taken 171 wickets in 46 Test at an average of 22.14. Also Read - One More South African Player Tests Positive For COVID-19, Warm-Up Game Called off

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He has also become an increasingly effective batsman, with Philander named man-of-the-match for his all-round contribution to South Africa’s 340-run win in the second Test at Trent Bridge that saw the Proteas level this four-match series at 1-1.
(With PTI inputs)