Vernon Philander during the first Test against England at Lord's, Picture: Peter Cziborra/Reuters

LONDON - South Africa were a bowler down at the start of England's second innings in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday after Vernon Philander went for an X-ray on a hand injury.

"England begin their 2nd innings. Bad news for SA, Philander has gone for an X-ray after he was hit on his bowling hand when batting," said a statement on Cricket South Africa's Twitter feed.

The 32-year-old Philander was hit on his right, bowling, hand by opposing paceman James Anderson during Saturday's morning session.

Despite the blow Philander was 21 not out at lunch and went on to make 52 before he was last man out in a total of 361.

That left the Proteas 97 runs behind on first innings after England made 458.

Although South Africa can deploy a substitute fielder in Philander's absence, the substitute is not permitted to bowl under the Laws of Cricket.

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