South Africa pacer Vernon Philander has been taken to hospital after falling ill during the second day’s play in the third Test against England at The Oval. As per latest reports, a team spokeswoman said that Philander had been taken to hospital for tests and also seek clarity understand the nature of his condition, which now appears to be serious. Philander is reportedly suffered from a stomach illness.
Philander will be kept in hospital overnight a suspected viral infection, and a call will be taken on his availability for the ongoing Oval Test on Saturday morning.
It has been understood that the first symptoms occurred on the first day’s play. However, he was still included in the squad. As a result, he played the first day but only bowled five the next day.
South African batting coach, Neil Mckenzie, spoke on the issue and said, “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.”