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Philander joins Steyn on first-class sidelines

Sep 15, 2017: The fast bowler is in the final phase of rehabilitation from the back injury he sustained during the England tour, and has been ruled out of the Cobras' season-opening first-class fixture against the Knights

Firdose Moonda

South Africa in England, 2017

Heartache tonight (and every night)

Aug 10, 2017: Our correspondent follows two South African teams about on the disappointing final legs of their respective tours

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Philander warned over poor fitness record

Aug 7, 2017: Vernon Philander will work on his conditioning ahead of a packed home summer scheduled to feature 10 Tests, including two four-match series against India and Australia

Firdose Moonda at Old Trafford

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford, 1st day

Graeme Smith questions Philander's fitness levels

Aug 4, 2017: South Africa are having to try and level the series against England without Vernon Philander which has led to him receiving some significant criticism

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

South Africa sweat over struggling Philander

Aug 3, 2017: After battling illness last week, Philander has now been struck with back spasms on the eve of the final Test at Old Trafford and faces a fitness test

Firdose Moonda at Old Trafford

England v South Africa, 4th Investec Test, Old Trafford

Fit Philander aiming to provide missing edge

Aug 2, 2017: Vernon Philander has recovered from the illness that affected him during the third Test and hopes to bring his ability with bat and ball to bear on leveling the series in Manchester

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Elgar's fight can't make up for Philander gamble

Jul 31, 2017: It was not Vernon Philander's fault that South Africa were badly beaten at The Oval with the batting, especially, under scrutiny

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Philander to remain in hospital overnight

Jul 28, 2017: Philander was only able to bowl five overs on the second day at The Oval and was later sent for tests which revealed a possible viral infection

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler

Jul 28, 2017: Despite other bowlers' ability to bowl quicker or swing the ball more, Vernon Philander has remained South Africa's most bankable bowler in Tests

S Rajesh

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Philander leaves England feeling queasy

Jul 27, 2017: Vernon Philander became ill shortly before the start of the Test but it did not stop him producing three high-class spells of seam bowling

Firdose Moonda at The Oval

England v South Africa, 3rd Investec Test, Kia Oval

Cook stands firm after Philander threatens England again

Jul 27, 2017: Recklessness was the charge laid against England after their double collapse at Trent Bridge, but rarely, if ever, has such an accusation been levelled against Alastair Cook

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

Philander and Morris offer two-man solution to Kallis void

Jul 17, 2017: It was always going to take at least two players to even come close to replicating what one of the great allrounders offered and at Trent Bridge that pair may have been found

Firdose Moonda at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

England lose 20 wickets in 96.1 overs

Jul 17, 2017: All the stats and landmarks from a memorable victory for South Africa in the second Test against England at Trent Bridge

Bharath Seervi

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

England routed as South Africa surge to series-levelling win

Jul 17, 2017: The excellence of South Africa's pace attack turned the Trent Bridge Test into a rout as England were dismissed in only 44.2 overs

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

England on the ropes as they begin long trek towards target of 474

Jul 16, 2017: South Africa squeezed the pulp from England's attack in the second Investec Test with a resolution that has set them up for victory at Trent Bridge, and potentially left a few psychological marks

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Maharaj the catalyst as South Africa take command in adversity

Jul 15, 2017: Despite an erratic display from their seamers, South Africa secured a priceless 130-run lead, thanks largely to their under-rated spinner

Firdose Moonda at Trent Bridge

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

South Africa take control after Root dismissal sparks collapse

Jul 15, 2017: Faf du Plessis had cause to anticipate a satisfying return to the Test captaincy as South Africa took a potentially decisive first-innings lead of 130

The Report by David Hopps

England v South Africa, 2nd Investec Test, Trent Bridge

South Africa steady themselves after Lord's horror show

Jul 14, 2017: South Africa needed a response after their 211-run defeat in the first Test at Lord's and the memories were put behind them on an evenly-contested opening day at Trent Bridge

The Report by David Hopps

Putting the wood on 'em

Jul 13, 2017: Quinton de Kock and Vernon Philander visit a Gunn & Moore factory in Nottingham to find out just how their bats are made

Firdose Moonda

England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Basic errors disguise South Africa's structural flaws

Jul 9, 2017: It's easy to pinpoint the areas in which South Africa let England off the hook in the first Test. The truth about their predicament on this tour is more complicated

Firdose Moonda at Lord's
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