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Ali gets 3 quick wickets, victory in sight for England

Jonny Bairstow's 99 leads England to a first-innings total of 362 in the 4th South Africa Test Jonny Bairstow's 99 leads England to a first-innings total of 362 in the 4th South Africa Test
Bennie Garza | 11 August, 2017, 12:15

A Cricbuzz report quotes Bayliss as saying, "I'd still like to see us score more runs at the top of the order". I felt good rhythm after the first game. I had been batting well over the a year ago and the bowling was coming along.

England trampled past South Africa in the 4-Test series, 3-1 coach Trevor Bayliss seems not satisfied with their batsmen.

With South Africa looking threatening again at 163/3, Ali provided the crucial breakthrough of Amla.

England's appeals were shot down by the umpire but Root made a decision to review successfully a second time.

Du Plessis had compiled a breezy 50 and was still there at tea, along with Keshav Maharaj, and South Africa's flickering hopes rested with him.

England was in control for nearly the whole day, except for a short period at the start when South Africa took three wickets in five overs to have England at 312-9.

Rarely has bat dominated ball in these four matches, especially when South Africa have been at the crease.

"To lose Hashim and then the cluster of wickets was disappointing".

England under Root was convincing in three of the four tests, with its only wobble coming in a heavy defeat in the second match at Trent Bridge.

Broad slapped a catch to cover, and last man Anderson fenced one into the hands of short-leg, each hastening the opportunity to get stuck in with the ball instead and leaving Moeen unbeaten on 75 - having added eight of England's runs from an overnight 224 for eight.

South Africa's already hard task was not helped when, after rain briefly delayed the start of their chase, they slumped to 18 for two.

Moeen, who may end up batting at six behind Stokes, finished as the leading wicket taker in the series with 25 and credited work done with spin coach Saqlain Mushtaq for his improvement.

Anderson, fresh from his four wickets in the first innings, set the standard once again in a fine first over that included an edge for four through the cordon from Heino Kuhn, followed by an unplayable outswinger that curled past the batsman's outside edge.

Temba Bavuma became the next to go with the last ball before lunch, as Toby Roland-Jones picked up his first after a review by Root to leave the score 40-3 at lunch.

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.

No replays were required when Quinton de Kock (1) edged a drive off Moeen to Alastair Cook in the slips.

South Africa have had a long unsuccessful run recently. Amla and du Plessis played really well, but we knew one wicket would change things, crucially.

Anderson, now bowling from the Brian Statham End, started to bowl from around the wicket and Kagiso Rabada chipped him straight to Tom Westley at cover.

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