Philander doubtful for day three

No Test team has successfully chased more than 263 runs in the fourth innings to win at the Oval but there are plenty of examples of last-day defiance and Root must leave his bowlers enough time to force the victory that would put England 2-1 up in the four-Test series.

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

South Africa-born and raised Jennings - England-qualified through his mother and residence - had launched his Test career with a century on debut against India in Mumbai in December.

Bavuma subsequently ensured South Africa avoided the follow-on by driving a Broad half-volley through the covers for four. That left then 178 runs behind England's first innings 353, which featured Ben Stokes's 112 and former captain Cook's 88.

Philander joined Bavuma to score an unbeaten 10 before Bavuma was caught behind off Roland-Jones to end the innings.

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Rain has already shortened the match by more than 80 overs and Root will probably be looking to set South Africa a target in the region of 450 runs.

The only wicket to fall in the session was that of Alastair Cook, who was bowled by a beauty from Morne Morkel for 7, that straightened off the pitch and hit the top of off-stump.

But Bavuma was out soon afterwards, with Roland-Jones leading England off the field.

Tom Westley, on the other hand, looks to have an altogether brighter future on this stage and brought up a hard-fought and nuggety maiden Test 50 and alongside Joe Root pushed England's lead beyond 330 as they near the inevitable declaration sometime later this afternoon.

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