Moeen Ali increases England lead over South Africa to 360 runs

Beth Cruz
August 7, 2017

Rain brought early stumps at Old Trafford, and Ali and Stuart Broad will return on Day 4 with a 400-run lead in sight.

Another individual who may find his involvement with England end with the series, temporarily at least, is Keaton Jennings.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said they had not received any approach from Cricket South Africa (CSA) for Ottis Gibson amid reports he was poised to become the Proteas' new head coach. He picked up the wicket of Dean Elgar for a duck before lunch, trapping the South African opener lbw with just his third delivery.

At stumps on day one of the Old Trafford Test, England were positioned 260 for six.

James Anderson, who put England on course of a series win against South Africa on second day of the final Test at Old Trafford, said he felt additional pressure when he took the new ball at the end that now carries his name but was delighted to end the day with four victims.

The day began with a bittersweet breakthrough for the Lancashire faithful in the crowd, as South Africa's first innings was wrapped up in the space of 22 deliveries, and for the addition of six runs to their overnight 220 for 9.


After England started their second dig, Morne Morkel removed both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley with the aid of gully catches.

With his Test place thought to be on the line, Jennings did not last much longer though as he edged Kagiso Rabada to slip to depart for 18, while Dawid Malan followed soon after when he was caught bat and pad off the bowling of Keshav Maharaj.

That left James Anderson high and dry on 4/38 - one scalp shy of what would have been his first five-wicket haul in tests at his home ground‚ where an end was named after him before the match.

Bairstow and Ben Stokes also failed this time, but at crucial points, in this series, the late-order trio of Bairstow, Stokes and now Ali has come to England's rescue to stave off South Africa.

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Ali nearly played his first ball from Olivier into the stumps but cut loose after being put down by Elgar - sweeping strongly and hitting Maharaj off his line.

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