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Vernon Philander confirms recovery from viral infection

Vernon Philander in a press conference on Wednesday
Vernon Philander in a press conference on Wednesday

South Africa speedster Vernon Philander has confirmed recovery from a viral infection that limited his participation in the third Test against England at The Oval.

Philander, who gave a promising start to Proteas with the new ball, claiming the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Joe Root in the first innings, bowled 12 overs on the rain hit day one.

However, he did manage only five overs on the second day and was hospitalised overnight due to serious dehydration. His absence on the field was dearly felt as England went on to post 353 runs in testing conditions riding on a century from Ben Stokes.

Philander, who came to bat at number 11 in the first innings, was inefficient in the second innings where he ended wicket-less in the 15 overs that he bowled as he was struggling with the fitness and had to leave the field frequently.

“It got a lot worse having to bowl after losing a lot of fluids. The night in hospital, being on a drip, revitalised me but it all came back up again the next day” he said on Wednesday after net practice ahead of the fourth test at Old Trafford.

"All in all, I’m a lot better, I’m energised and have replenished a lot of the fluids".

After losing the third Test at The Oval by 239 runs, South Africa are left with a must win situation in the final game at Old Trafford and Philander insists that the visitors are up for the challenge.

“We let ourselves down but there is still everything to play for. The series has been a rollercoaster, so have the margins of victory and defeat.

"The boys are ready for this one, we have had a few hard chats but the players will take ownership of their performances and improve in the next match."

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