Injured Philander ruled out of England series

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Johannesburg, Jan.7 (ANI): South African pace bowler Vernon Philander, who is suffering from an ankle injury, has been ruled out of remainder of the four-match Test series against England.

The 30-year-old had been sidelined since a warm-up football drill during the tour against India.

Earlier, it was hoped that Philander might feature in the final two Tests, but Cricket South Africa had confirmed that it is difficult for him to recover in time, Sport24 reported.

Meanwhile, pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who failed to recover sufficiently from his shoulder injury sustained during the opening Test in Durban, is unlikely to feature in the third Test as well.

England are currently leading the series 1-0 against England after the second match between the two sides ended in a draw in Cape Town.

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The two sides will play the third Test in Johannesburg, starting from January 14.(ANI)

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