England vs South Africa: Vernon Philander rushed to hospital following stomach bug

England vs South Africa: Vernon Philander rushed to hospital following stomach bug

England vs South Africa: Vernon Philander rushed to hospital following stomach bug

Stokes' 112 from 153 balls was an innings of contrasting shades as he adjusted with considerable nous to changing circumstances.

And the second six took Stokes to his hundred - a prodigious straight blow, and a third six was deposited 20 rows back over midwicket.

The next sailed well over Du Plessis' head and brought up the century.

He said: "Cookie being Cookie, he fought through it - and it's one of his best qualities".

Stokes took England to 353 and ensured they gained full value from Alastair Cook's stalwart resistance on the opening day.

He remains the model of what an old-fashioned Test batsman is all about.

To make matters worse for South Africa, Vernon Philander was taken to hospital due to the stomach illness that has kept him off the field for much of this match.

Ben Stokes scored his fifth Test century, also his second against South Africa. Morkel had Moeen Ali (16) caught behind on review.

Roland-Jones had his moment in the sun a year ago when he took the hat-trick to beat Yorkshire that sealed Middlesex's county championship triumph at Lord's but at London's other cricketing cathedral this may have felt even more surreal.

Cook did what he does best all day.

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His end came in the first over after lunch, playing towards mid-off with the ball taking an edge to third slip.

Cook batted deep in his crease, possibly to counter the bounce, and left the ball well, often when he knew it was going over the top of the stumps.

The conditions only emphasised the excellence of Cook and Stokes. No bowler has dismissed him on as many occasions.

Root was another to begin with an early rush of boundaries but was becalmed as the South Africa attack found their range - and crucially, Philander returned too.

Stokes' response to Cook's dismissal encapsulated his determination to press ahead as he pulled him regally through mid-on.

That they got more than that was due in large part to Stokes who had begun the day on 21 but showed great responsibility and calmness to nearly single-handedly drag England to their eventual total of 353. Unsurprisingly, South Africa took it immediately with England, at 256 for 5, threatening to break free.

The no-frills opener excelled in conditions which were far from easy for any batsmen as the ball moved around in the air and off the pitch nearly throughout - for the admirable Vernon Philander especially - after Joe Root chose to bat first on a day of many showers and only 59 of the scheduled 90 overs.

The entertaining partnership was undone by the new ball as Kagiso Rabada (3-85) tempted Bairstow with one that moved away and was clipped to Faf du Plessis at second slip. But normal service continues unabated at the top of the order, much to England's relief on a day when they badly needed their all-time record-holder to live up to his billing.

The initial diagnosis was that he was "unable to keep anything down" was "dehydrated" would play no further part on the day which was why England hunted so hard for the ninth last night.

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