Sunday, 22 October, 2017

Moeen stars as England beat Proteas 3-1

While England boasts of a promising young pace battery they would need to plan their future well to carry forward Anderson and Broad's legacy England 138-6, still 274 ahead of South Africa in 4th test
Noah Ferguson | 10 August, 2017, 15:38

Stuart Broad finally got in on the act with two late wickets, first as Bairstow claimed another dismissal when Quinton de Kock [24] edged behind and then when Stokes took a fine diving catch at gully from the final ball of the day to see the end of Rabada [23].

England were bidding for a first home Test series win over SA since 1998, with Joe Root seeking a victory in his first Test series as England captain.

It was England's second successive series win over South Africa after winning in South Africa 18 months ago, but broke a near two-decade drought on English soil.

England move to third on the Test rankings, with Australia slipping down one place ahead of the tour to Bangladesh.

"Lots of hard work to do in the future, but, yeah, great series". "We've been a bit up and down with our performances, we win one we lose one", he said.

Amla had been batting with great assurance in adding 123 for the third wicket with Faf du Plessis when Moeen ran from the field for a quick toilet break.

On an eventful fourth day of the final Test, we take a look at the three key talking points in England's charge to victory.

Mushtaq was hired by the England and the Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis and Moeen expressed his desire to see the former all the time, including this summer's Ashes series that could prove challenging. "There was a week that wasn't quite as much fun as the other three", Root said.

For his part, Bayliss was pleased that England had won the final game of the series, something they had not managed since 2014.

England were all out for 243 to leave South Africa needing a near-on impossible 380 to win. The former Pakistan off-spinner is, however, now employed by the England and Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis only and Ali said: "If you are going to have batting, fielding and fast-bowling coaches, it would be nice to have a spin-bowling coach for pretty much all the games".

Root was also delighted by Ali's displays.

It's understood CSA and the England and Wales Cricket Board have only agreed to start negotiating over Gibson at the conclusion of the series.

"The kidology seems to have worked", he said.

"He's definitely taken that on and put in some brilliant performances".

Australian legend Shane Warne went head-to-head in the 2005 Ashes with Flintoff, making an important 249 runs, and taking a remarkable 40 wickets as the duo was named joint Players of the Series.

But concerns surrounding England's batting line-up persist, with the likes of Keaton Jennings, Gary Ballance, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan all used against the Proteas, with minimal success.

"They've said some really good, positive things about him".

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