On Thursday, Vernon Philander proved that an upset stomach was not going to stand in his way of, as Kagiso Rabada put it, “bowl[ing] so well”.
Rabada, expressed great admiration towards Philander’s bowling technique, telling reporters that: "Going off the field, I asked [Philander] for a few pointers. He is a really skillful bowler, especially in these conditions. He makes it look really simple."
Philander sealed a figure of two wickets for 17 runs in 12 overs, as South Africa limited England to 171-4 on day one of the third Test. This comes after his man of the match achievement, as South Africa raced to a 340-run victory in the second test last week at Trent Bridge.
This result levelled the four-match series at 1-1.
Having won the toss, England stood at 171 for four at stumps as 31 of the scheduled 90 overs were lost due to bad weather.
Cook was 82 not out and Ben Stokes held the same status, at 21.