Saturday, 19 August, 2017

Captain Joe Root proud as England stay cool to clinch series

England vs South Africa 2017 fourth Test match Day 3 LIVE streaming TV listing date time venue England 138-6, still 274 ahead of South Africa in 4th test
Noah Ferguson | 11 August, 2017, 07:01

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.

Amla's departure probably ended South African hopes after he and Du Plessis held up England for almost a session.

With Moeen Ali fifer in the second innings and a splendid piece of batting at Old Trafford, the spinner all-rounder became the first cricketer ever to score 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four-match Test series.

Earlier, Ali, both the man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series, made 75 not out off just 66 balls in Englands second innings 243, having been dropped on 15.

It does, however, auger well that England have been able to beat the South Africans, ranked the number two Test side in the world, convincingly in three of the four matches given they still have work to do.

Captain Joe Root celebrated the series success following the victory at Old Trafford. "That's what it takes to win a series like this", said Root.

It was comfortable in the end, but it would not have been greedy of England to expect an even more comprehensive win, given how dominant their senior seamers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, had been at the start of South Africa's chase.

Heino Kuhn then edged Anderson to Cook at slip and on the final ball before lunch Temba Bavuma was given out caught behind, after review, from the bowling of Toby Roland-Jones.

Hashim Amla hit 83 whilst Faf Du Plessis added a half century but England claimed a 177-run win with over a day to spare in Manchester.

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

Stoneman is as deserving of a Test spot as anyone, now averaging almost 60 in his 13 innings thus far in county cricket.

After crashing South Africa to all parts during his devastating 258 in Cape Town past year, Stokes played arguably a more impressive innings against the same opposition at The Oval in the third Test last month. Replays might have argued otherwise, and Amla, on 12 at the time, perhaps realised that to repeat that tactic would invite retribution. Obviously, you don't just replace those players.

'I feel like batting is still the stronger side of my game and when the opportunity comes to bat up the order hopefully I can do that.

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

Former captain Shaun Pollock, too, called on Cricket South Africa (CSA) to try and convince de Villiers to come out and play in the series against India and Australia at least.

"It's been very enjoyable the majority of the time", Root said.

James Anderson ended with his best figures in a test on his home ground of 4-38 in 17 overs.

Although the comfort of their first-innings lead meant there would have been few nerves in the England dressing room, the hosts were struggling at 134-6 when Moeen walked to the crease.

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