– England v South Africa: Joe Root’s side complete 3-1 series winEngland v South Africa: Joe Root’s side complete 3-1 series win

August 7, 2017

England breakthrough as Amla is lbw on review
Fourth Investec Test, Old Trafford, day four
England 362 & 243 (69.1 overs): Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41
South Africa 226 & 202 (62.5 overs): Amla 83, Moeen 5-69
England won by 177 runs; win series 3-1

Moeen Ali claimed five wickets as England completed a 177-run win over South Africa in the fourth Test at Old Trafford to seal a 3-1 series win.

The Proteas, chasing an unlikely 380, were bowled out for 202, with Moeen ending with 25 wickets for the series.

England were held up by Hashim Amla, who made 83, but after he was dismissed they lost their last seven wickets for 39 runs.

It is England’s first home Test series win against South Africa since 1998.

It also ends a run of three series without a win and gives Joe Root success in his first as captain.

England also climb to third in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, above Australia, who they meet in defence of the Ashes this winter.

Their next assignment is a three-Test series against West Indies, which begins with the first day-night match in this country at Edgbaston on 17 August.

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