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Balanced England can win Ashes: du Plessis

Faf du Plessis believes England can win the Ashes Faf du Plessis believes England can win the Ashes
Noah Ferguson | 10 August, 2017, 08:31

The all-rounder finished 75 not out before taking 5-69 to bowl the tourists out for 202 and finished the series with 250 runs and 25 wickets in the process, the first man to do so for England since Ian Botham in the early 1980s.

An incredible performance by Moeen Ali has not only made England to win the test against South Africa but also the series by 3-1.

England allrounder Moeen Ali has heaped praise on spin bowling coach Saqlain Mustaq after being named as his side's man of the series in the Test series against South Africa.

"I have asked the England team for their thoughts on Ottis, and they've given me positive feedback", said Du Plessis after his side slumped to a 177-run defeat in the final Test against the English.

"I am really pleased with the way the series has gone", Root told Sky Sports after England completed back-to-back series wins over South Africa for the first time since 1964. The veteran seamer also collected the crucial wickets of top-scorer Temba Bavuma for 46 and Proteas captain Faf du Plessis (27), removed in the same over after they put on 47 in the best partnership of South Africa's shaky reply.

England have overtaken their Ashes rival Australia to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test Rankings following their 3-1 series victory over South Africa.

It was a great result for Root though in his first series in charge and he said: "Hopefully it's the start of something".

"At times when we haven't had the strongest team on paper we've found a way to compete against the strong teams out thereā€š but we haven't this time".

When rain ended the third's play at 1615 GMT, England were 224 for eight in their second innings - a lead of 360 runs - with Ali 67 not out.

"I definitely think we can win now. We fought hard - and we will enjoy the celebrations that are to come", enthused England captain Joe Root.

Ali followed up with his 20th wicket of the series, surpassing his previous best of 19 at home to India in 2014, when Keshav Maharaj was plumb lbw.

Root was also delighted by Ali's displays.

There is no denying that England's performance in this series was impeccable.

"The kidology seems to have worked", he said, reflecting on his successful maiden series in charge.

"He did that in the second Test with match-changing innings on a greentop but from a consistency point of view your number four needs to play the way the team needs him to play and Quinton plays the way he needs to play".

Amla (83) blossomed as his innings went on, scoring just 12 from his first 65 deliveries but then 38 from his following 35 to reach fifty from 100 balls while sharing a stand of 123 with skipper Du Plessis (60no).

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