Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    36.3 onto the front foot, a loose drive as the ball hangs in the breeze and goes on with the arm, and that's a thin edge to the keeper! Cook pauses for the verdict but doesn't review. No doubts there. A surprise breakthrough against England's most obdurate presence, but a hugely timely one! 92/2
    12.1 there it is! The edge finally comes, another good length delivery, Jennings is half-forward without conviction, a standard snick and into the keeper's gloves. 35/1
    39.3 what a catch from de Kock! A stunning dive, full to his right, to snaffle a thick edge in his outstretched glove. Bob Taylor would no doubt have walked across to grab that one, but a dramatic interception nonetheless, to cut off a promising innings. Good line and length from Rabada, just straightening and lifting off the seam 92/3
    67.1 given lbw! Root calls for the review. He came across and down the pitch, but this looks very straight. No bat involved. Hit in line and taking leg stump. So that drop didn't cost South Africa too many 187/5
    55.6 chases a wide one and the edge is taken at second slip! The change of angle works for Morkel, round the wicket in the previous over, over in this one... and it's all over for Malan, after another somewhat flimsy innings 144/4
    58
    143
    96
    8
    0
    60.41
    88.6 bullseye! Rabada silences Old Trafford with a searing yorker...! He screams at the sky, Stokes widens his eyes in appreciation of the ball that has just demolished his stumps... What an intervention, in the penultimate over of the day! Full, fast and thundering into the bottom of middle and off as Stokes tried to get his bat down in vain 252/6
    108.4 goes for the sweep, slides on to hit the pad - and Kumar Dharmasena gives it! Groans reverberate around the ground but Bairstow reviews, was he outside the line? No, Hawk-Eye has it umpire's call, by the slenderest margin! Struck on the front pad and there was just a scrap of leather in line with off stump, which means Bairstow has to go 362/10
    94.2 oops, too much confidence from the tailender, and another expansive drive skews into the hands of Bavuma at cover, who has to search for the ball initially but sights it comfortably in the end. Still, the nightwatchman did his job up to a point ... much as a chocolate tea-pot tends to hold at least one serviceable cuppa 271/7
    98.2 edged and gone, a lifter from Rabada, Moeen doesn't quite get into line as the ball nips off the seam on the angle, and a good tumbling catch from du Plessis at second slip 303/8
    99.3 success for Morkel! He's worked so hard for this, his second wicket, when he might have had six. Full and straight, Broad lines up a loose drive, plays all round it, and loses his off stump 312/9
    not out
    4
    45
    15
    1
    0
    26.66
    Extras
    14 (b 6, lb 6, nb 2)
    TOTAL
    362 all out (108.4 Overs, RR: 3.33)
    Fall of wickets: 1-35 (KK Jennings, 12.1 ov), 2-92 (AN Cook, 36.3 ov), 3-92 (T Westley, 39.3 ov), 4-144 (DJ Malan, 55.6 ov), 5-187 (JE Root, 67.1 ov), 6-252 (BA Stokes, 88.6 ov), 7-271 (TS Roland-Jones, 94.2 ov), 8-303 (MM Ali, 98.2 ov), 9-312 (SCJ Broad, 99.3 ov), 10-362 (JM Bairstow, 108.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel2659223.5301
    K Rabada2679143.5000
    D Olivier2139124.3300
    KA Maharaj30.495821.8900
    TB de Bruyn501803.6001
  • BATSMEN
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    0.3 pinned on the front pad, up goes the finger! Anderson has a wicket, he's keeping his end up for England...! That looked pretty hook, line and sinker, straightening on leg stump and Elgar doesn't bother to review. SA's opening stand lasts just three balls this time, as Old Trafford basks in immediate success for its man 2/1
    24
    126
    76
    3
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    31.57
    27.3 flighted, draws him forward, Kuhn nicks a low catch to slip! Drama off every ball in this over and Moeen now has a wicket! Stokes grasped it low, his knuckles grazing the grass, Kuhn was happy to walk straight off and although the umpires converge for a chat, he's sent on his way. No doubt about that one, on second viewing, straight in as he closed the hands around the ball 84/3
    11.3 oh good grief, TRJ makes it three in three against Amla, with the softest dismissal of his career! A leg-stump long-hop, another attempted glide, but he undercooks it, steers a thin tickle off the face of the bat, and Bairstow flings the ball in the air with glee! 47/2
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    122
    93
    4
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    49.46
    40.4 left alone and bowled! Another South Africa batsman regrets not playing a shot. The previous ball was the warning, and again this one shades back in at Bavuma. It's a fraction fuller this time which means it doesn't sail over the stumps, instead it clips the top of off stump 131/4
    40.6 and another! Anderson from the Anderson End. This time it's a length ball, du Plessis plays forward and gets a thick inside edge into the stumps. Anderson's home crowd go wild. The game swings hugely in the space of three balls 132/5
    62.1 takes the edge, Bairstow grabs this one! Huge celebrations among the England players, that's the big wicket, de Kock the last recognised batsman... Excellent ball from Broad, on a length, got him pushing forwards and a fast nick was gobbled up by the keeper diving to his left 189/8
    48.3 and another, edged to second slip! He's having quite a spell. A good length ball outside off, straightens a little, de Bruyn driving off the front foot and Root snaffles it at waist height 146/6
    13
    32
    26
    1
    1
    50.00
    55.6 gottim, trapped in front! No review from Maharaj as he plays back when he should be forwards, that looked to be zeroing in on off... Moeen gets his revenge for that bit of tap earlier in the over, fizzing on with the arm, Maharaj playing the wrong line and practically slinking off even before the finger was raised, though he then makes a token show of chatting to his partner before having his instincts confirmed 167/7
    68.3 edged and snaffled, another Stokes blinder at gully! One last moment to celebrate for the crowd as Broad nixes a tricky little partnership... Thick-edged low to the left of Stokes and he pulls out a catch reminiscent of Trent Bridge 2015, almost a mirror image, going the other way as he sticks out a hand and claws it in just above the turf! 220/9
    not out
    20
    42
    35
    3
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    57.14
    72.1 short, slapped, high, high in the air, a spiralling top-edge over the cordon, Bairstow gives chase, ushers his team-mates out of the way, and wraps up the innings for England! 226/10
    Extras
    4 (b 3, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    226 all out (72.1 Overs, RR: 3.13)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (D Elgar, 0.3 ov), 2-47 (HM Amla, 11.3 ov), 3-84 (HG Kuhn, 27.3 ov), 4-131 (T Bavuma, 40.4 ov), 5-132 (F du Plessis, 40.6 ov), 6-146 (TB de Bruyn, 48.3 ov), 7-167 (KA Maharaj, 55.6 ov), 8-189 (Q de Kock, 62.1 ov), 9-220 (K Rabada, 68.3 ov), 10-226 (D Olivier, 72.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1753842.2300
    SCJ Broad16.144632.8400
    TS Roland-Jones1134113.7200
    MM Ali2155722.7100
    BA Stokes603405.6601
    DJ Malan10707.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    6.1 driven and gone! Cook lines up the drive, away from his body, finds a thick edge and de Bruyn in the gully cleans up! Reward for Morkel, who has been brilliant all Test, and just a hint of an opening for South Africa 16/1
    24.2 that is poor, poor, poor from Jennings. Shorter, but not as wide as he thought, and an attempted cramped cut fizzes, catching-practice style, into the hands of Amla at first slip! The shot of a man who senses the bailiffs are circling for his borrowed time... 55/3
    10.6 edged to gully! Is this the innings for Morkel? Goes full outside off, brings the drive from Westley, he slices across the ball a little and it's safely taken at waist height 30/2
    49
    140
    106
    6
    0
    46.22
    42.5 dragged on! A length ball outside off, keeps a little low, Root doesn't get forward and it takes the toe end into the stumps. Second time in the match Olivier gets the England captain 129/5
    29.3 bites the rough, leaps into the splice, off the knee-roll, pops into the hands of short leg. An absolute lollipop of a catch, and another strike in a spirited showing from South Africa! Malan struggles to convince once again, and England's dominance is dented a notch 72/4
    48.3 gone this time, edges to first slip! A lovely three deliveries from Olivier and it's the third which does the damage. Angled across outside off, Stokes playing forward, late movement again and du Plessis grabs it in his stomach 134/6
    52.6 top-edged into the deep - and taken! Rabada got himself into an awkward position at fine leg but manages to hold on, that's a third wicket for Olivier. Bairstow made 99 in the first innings but this was more of a flake 153/7
    not out
    75
    95
    66
    9
    3
    113.63
    64.4 short ball, TRJ top-edges a pull - and Maharaj takes an excellent running catch to see him off! Rabada ends an aggravating stand with a well-directed bumper, well caught on the dive scurrying back from midwicket 211/8
    67.4 Broad gives himself room, has a swing, connects sweetly but the bat turns in his hands, and skews the ball straight to de Bruyn at point. No messing about this morning! 237/9
    69.1 pushed onto the back foot, Anderson flinches his hands up in defence of his ribs, and short leg does the rest. Well done Morne, he's deserved his wickets in this innings 243/10
    Extras
    25 (b 9, lb 13, nb 1, w 2)
    TOTAL
    243 all out (69.1 Overs, RR: 3.51)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (AN Cook, 6.1 ov), 2-30 (T Westley, 10.6 ov), 3-55 (KK Jennings, 24.2 ov), 4-72 (DJ Malan, 29.3 ov), 5-129 (JE Root, 42.5 ov), 6-134 (BA Stokes, 48.3 ov), 7-153 (JM Bairstow, 52.6 ov), 8-211 (TS Roland-Jones, 64.4 ov), 9-237 (SCJ Broad, 67.4 ov), 10-243 (JM Anderson, 69.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    M Morkel13.124143.1101
    K Rabada1745022.9420
    KA Maharaj2759213.4000
    D Olivier1253833.1600
  • BATSMEN
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    10.1 his agony is over! Edges to first slip. Full ball outside off, a poor shot really as he pushes away from his body, and it's a regulation take for Cook 18/2
    3.4 what bowling! Elgar edges behind. Another crackerjack delivery. Just short of a good length, angled in at off stump, he has to play, then it straightens off the seam and grazes the outside edge 10/1
    83
    194
    159
    13
    1
    52.20
    50.2 Moeen makes the breakthrough, Amla is lbw! Huge appeal as he is well across his stumps and misses his flick to leg. Dharmasena says not out. Root calls the review! He's in front of middle and off...this will be very close! Has he hit it? There's a small mark, but third umpire Joel Wilson says there's a gap between bat and ball, which the pictures do back up. It's hitting leg stump! That's three reds 163/4
    18.6 strikes with the last ball of the session! An appeal for caught behind! Not much from the bowler and it's given not out, but Root eventually calls the review. Bavuma pushing away from his body. There is a click! And there's a spike on Ultra Edge! This will be out...Roland-Jones strikes with the last ball of the session. Broad played a key role in calling that review. Like with his first Test wicket, Roland-Jones wasn't convinced 40/3
    57.1 swats at a wide one - and nicked to the keeper! Du Plessis walks, Anderson has got South Africa's captain and their last hope of a miracle! Not his best ball of the day by any stretch but Faf swung from the hip, he was a tiny bit late on it and grazed the ball through to Bairstow. The rearguard endeth 183/7
    52.4 edged, taken at second slip! The dangers of driving out of the rough. It's full and tempting, pitches in the dust, de Kock can't resists, and it's a sharp, low catch by Cook 173/5
    52.6 and another, edges to slip! Wonderful bowling from Moeen, this one is outside off and doesn't spin. De Bruyn playing back and it takes the outside edge low to Stokes, who grabs it down by his bootlaces 173/6
    not out
    21
    43
    33
    2
    1
    63.63
    61.6 gottim, chipped to cover! Pitched up and Rabada was on his heels, driving the ball in the air and Westley leaps to take it above his head with both hands! Good catch, Old Trafford erupts and England are two away 195/8
    62.4 Morkel looks to join in with the humpty - but picks out mid-off! He's gone for a second-ball duck, didn't get the elevation and the backpedalling Root held another above his head 202/9
    62.5 nicked to slip, gone first ball - and England win by 177 runs! Moeen finishes it again, two in two, the ball drifting and skidding on, flicking the edge to be snapped up by Stokes once again... Can SA send in the 12th man so he can try for another hat-trick? 202/10
    Extras
    7 (b 4, lb 3)
    TOTAL
    202 all out (62.5 Overs, RR: 3.21)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (D Elgar, 3.4 ov), 2-18 (HG Kuhn, 10.1 ov), 3-40 (T Bavuma, 18.6 ov), 4-163 (HM Amla, 50.2 ov), 5-173 (Q de Kock, 52.4 ov), 6-173 (TB de Bruyn, 52.6 ov), 7-183 (F du Plessis, 57.1 ov), 8-195 (K Rabada, 61.6 ov), 9-202 (M Morkel, 62.4 ov), 10-202 (D Olivier, 62.5 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson1471631.1400
    SCJ Broad1252412.0000
    TS Roland-Jones915215.7700
    MM Ali19.516953.4700
    BA Stokes612604.3300
    JE Root20804.0000

Close of Play

  • Fri, 4 Aug - day 1 - England 1st innings 260/6 (JM Bairstow 33*, TS Roland-Jones 0*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Aug - day 2 - South Africa 1st innings 220/9 (M Morkel 18*, 68.3 ov)
  • Sun, 6 Aug - day 3 - England 2nd innings 224/8 (MM Ali 67*, SCJ Broad 0*, 66.2 ov)
  • Mon, 7 Aug - day 4 - South Africa 2nd innings 202 (62.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Amla- Key for South Africa

4

Century partnerships in this series for South Africa. Hashim Amla has been involved in three of those.

All Rounder Moeen

8

Number of cricketers from England to score 200 runs and take 20 wickets in a series. Flintoff was the last to achieve this in the 2005 Ashes

Tough Ask for SA

0

Number of successful chases over 300 at Old Trafford. Highest successful chase was when England beat New Zealand in 2008 by scoring 294/4 .

Morkel v Cook

12

Number of times Morne Morkel has dismissed Alastair Cook in Tests. Morkel has dismissed him 4 times this series conceding 93 runs from 201 balls.

Moeen 's Best

20

Wickets taken by Moeen Ali this series - Most he has taken in a Test series. Previously he had taken 19 against India in 2014

Roland Jones vs Amla

3

Number of times Amla has been dismissed by Toby Roland Jones from the 21 balls he has faced. Amla averages 2.33 against Jones.

Opening Woes continue

12

Avg runs added by the openers from South Africa in their last 13 innings.During this period the highest stand has been 21.

Unlucky Bairstow

15

Number of players from England to be dismissed for 99 in a Test.This is the second instance where Bairstow was dismissed in the nineties against SA

Mr Consistent

10

Number of consecutive matches in which Joe Root has scored a Test fifty. He equals the record for England previously held by John Edrich who scored 10 between 1969-71.

5000 and counting

105

Number of innings taken by Joe Root to score 5000 Test runs - Fifth fastest from England to this feat. Hobbs, Hammond, Barrington and Hutton got there earlier.

Not a Happy Hunting ground

1955

Last instance of South Africa winning a Test at Old Trafford,Manchester. In 9 Tests they have won 1,lost 4 and drawn 4.