S Africa’s Philander has X-ray on hand injury
South Africa were a bowler down at the start of England’s second innings in the first Test at Lord’s yesterday 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 yesterday’s morning session. Despite the blow Philander — 21 not out at lunch-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.