The Proteas missed Vernon Philander's accurate bowling at crucial times at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky, BackpagePix
The Proteas missed Vernon Philander's accurate bowling at crucial times at The Oval. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky, BackpagePix
Vernon Philander addresses the media in Manchester on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Vernon Philander addresses the media in Manchester on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

MANCHESTER – Vernon Philander has given a rather unpleasant-sounding summary of his troubles at The Oval, which played a significant part in South Africa losing the Third Test.

Philander remains none the wiser about where he picked up the “viral infection”, with problems emerging, as he put it, “top and bottom”.

“It got a lot a lot worse having to bowl having lost a lot of fluids,” he said at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Philander recounted that he’d started feeling poorly the night before the match, and that the team’s medical staff – mystified as to what ailed him – hoped he’d get over it if South Africa batted first.

That didn’t happen Joe Root won the toss, forcing Philander into a first spell of four overs – where he was still too good for Keaton Jennings – before he had to leave the field.

“It was really frustrating that I couldn’t be out there and bowl longer spells. But the result is done. Had we batted first, I would have had the extra day to recover and been better for the rest of the Test.

“Having to go from the loo, to then bowling, it was draining from a fluid point of view because I couldn’t really keep anything down. It was really bad.”

Vernon Philander will hope to make an impact with the bat too in the final Test. Photo: Reuters

The night he was forced to spend in hospital on the second day of the match helped, but on the third afternoon of the Test the troubles had returned, curtailing his impact in England’s second innings.

“I’m obviously an important part of that line-up and look, even when I was bowling there – at about 70 to 80% - I could feel my intensity was missed.

“There’s no excuses, we lost the Test, we’ve had a few hard chats, and we have to step up for it from Friday.”

Philander gave assurances that he was feeling a lot better. “I’m feeling a lot more hydrated,” he quipped. “It was a tough week personally, but I’m looking forward to this week coming up.”

Proteas Test Squad

Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morné Morkel, Chris Morris, Duanne Olivier, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada.


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