The Proteas are sweating over the fitness of star seamer Vernon Philander ahead of the must-win second Test against Sri Lanka starting at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. Philander, who injured a hamstring in the one-wicket loss in the opening Test at Kingsmead, was only able to bowl eight second-innings overs and will need to undergo a fitness test later in the week to establish his readiness. Wiaan Mulder and Theunis de Bruyn have returned to the squad following their Momentum One-Day Cup duties for their respective franchises at the weekend. Mulder will serve as cover for Philander. The make-up of the team is bound to come under review for the second Test and it will be interesting to see which way team management go. If they are looking to bulk up the batting, allrounder Mulder could even play if Philander were declared fit. This will depend on whether SA pick spinner Keshav Maharaj. But SA have picked a spinner in the starting line-up more often than not in the r...

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