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England in dominant position over Proteas

England in dominant position over Proteas

Highlights from day four of the fourth Test between England and South Africa at Old Trafford.

England are already well clear of the highest successful fourth innings chase at Old Trafford, when they got 294 to beat New Zealand in 2008.

Root's opposite number Du Plessis had no complaints at the result and admitted his side could not cope with England's rampant bowling attack.

Moeen Ali led with bat and ball to take England to a 177-run victory over South Africa in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, wrapping up a home series win over the Proteas for the first time in almost 20 years.

An unbeaten half-century by Moeen Ali has helped cement England's stronghold over South Africa on day three of the final Test at Old Trafford.

He's done a great job with England on two occasions, b ut at the moment Russell Domingo is head coach of South Africa and doing a brilliant job.

Ali made South Africa pay for Dean Elgar dropping him on 15 when a low slip chance off left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj did not stick.

The second of those, a straight drive that saw Ali complete a 49-ball fifty - was "caught" on the England dressing-room balcony by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow to the delight of the crowd. I'd like to win the Ashes again.

Elgar's chance was one you would expect him to take and the Proteas may well reflect on this tour as a whole with more than a lingering sense of regret and a feeling of what might have been.

England are bidding for a first home Test series win over South Africa since 1998, with Root seeking a victory in his first Test series as England captain.

Earlier, Stuart Broad removed Olivier as the Proteas, nine down overnight, were dismissed for 226.

James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Broad snapped up three, Moeen took two and Toby Roland-Jones chipped in with one.

Anderson added his third of the innings, and seventh of the match, when Kagiso Rabada stabbed to cover, and looked for a moment ready to snaffle that elusive home five-wicket haul.

England wasn't flawless in its first four tests under Root.

This was turning into a fine spell by Olivier, whose two wickets for four runs in eight balls threatened to put the contest back in the balance.

"We've put pressure on them and the match has turned our way", said Moeen.

England's victory had never really been in doubt, given how daunting South Africa's target of 380 had been on an increasingly spiteful pitch.

Few can begrudge De Villiers that comfort, and absolutely no-one could argue with captain Faf du Plessis' decision to miss the opening Test at Lord's to help his wife and baby settle in after the hard birth of their first child.


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