Vernon Philander hospitalised with suspected viral infection

Vernon Philander (left) bowled just five overs on day two
Vernon Philander (left) bowled just five overs on day two
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South Africa speedster Vernon Philander was taken to a London hospital on Friday with a suspected viral infection during the second day's play in the third Test at The Oval.

The 32-year-old remained in the hospital overnight as a precautionary measure and call on his availability will be taken on Saturday morning.

Philander, who picked the wickets of Keaton Jennings and Joe Root in the first innings, managed to bowl just five overs on day two before leaving the field.

His absence on the field was clearly felt as England went on to post 353 runs in the innings riding on a blistering century from Ben Stokes.

The news was confirmed by South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee in a statement released by the South African board.

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

"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."

At the end of second day's play, South Africa were left reeling at 126 for eight with Temba Bavuma and Morne Morkel at the crease. They still trail England's first innings total by 227 runs with possibly one wicket in hand, if Philander does not manage to return in time.

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