Moeen Ali bowls England to South Africa series win

Tuesday 08 August 2017 2 months ago 41   London    Print

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Report  Web Desk : MANCHESTER: Moeen Ali finished a brilliant campaign with a five-wicket haul as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday to seal a 3-1 series win. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, also saw Joe Root triumphant in his first Test series as England captain. South Africa, set a huge 380 for victory, were bowled out for 202 shortly after tea on the fourth day when Ali took two wickets in two balls to remove Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier. That gave the off-spinner a return of five for 69 in 19.5 overs and 25 wickets in total in a series where he also scored 252 runs. "This series I have felt more consistent with bat and ball, especially ball. I felt good rhythm after the first game. I contributed with the bat a couple of times," Ali told to international Radio broadcast. "In general, I´m very pleased," the 30-year-old Worcestershire all-rounder added. This result meant England had won their first home Test series against South Africa since 1998. (01)