result
4th Test, Manchester, Aug 4 - 7 2017, South Africa tour of England
362 & 243
(target 380)226 & 202
England won by 177 runs
Player Of The Match
2/57, 75* & 5/69
moeen-ali
Player Of The Series
252 runs • 25 wkts
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• The Report by Andrew Miller

Moeen's five secures England 177-run victory

Moeen Ali completed an outstanding series with 5 for 69 to wrap up a 3-1 victory for England as South Africa collapsed following a century stand between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis

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Scores: Binoy
Comms: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England362/10(108.4 overs)1st INNINGS
Ben Stokes58 (96)
Keshav Maharaj2/58(30.4)
South Africa226/10(72.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Temba Bavuma46 (93)
Hashim Amla30 (35)
Stuart Broad3/46(16.1)
England243/10(69.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Moeen Ali*75 (66)
Joe Root49 (106)
Morne Morkel4/41(13.1)
South Africa202/10(62.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Hashim Amla83 (159)
Moeen Ali5/69(19.5)

6.15pm: Right, this one is biltong. England have the Basil D'Oliveira trophy and some champagne bottles to spray around. We've typed our last for the series - I'll leave you with Andrew Miller's report on another England win, and the thanks of myself, Miller, Gnasher and the scorers for your contributions (and patience). We'll see some of you again, hopefully, for the Windies series in a week or so. It's been emotional...Cheerio!

5.55pm: Okay, it's time for the presentations. Buckle up... We'll kick off with the Man of the Match, Moeen Ali. Or maybe not (though I suspect he has another award to come). Morne Morkel is South Africa's Man of the Series for, in the words of Trevor Bayliss (the opposition coach nominates the award), "not always getting the rewards he deserved": "I'm definitely going to enjoy this [champagne] tonight, it's been hard work. I'm happy with the way I went with the ball. [More wickets?] The more important thing is to keep asking questions, I've committed to trying to hit that sort of length and I've got that right consistently. Especially over here, it's crucial, to hit that fuller length. I feel it's the start of something new now. [Cook mastery?] It's been quality, his record speaks for itself. I enjoy bowling to left-handers, I've got two brothers at home, bowled many a ball in the back yard, so it's been good."

Now here is Moeen, who is also named England's Man of the Series: [Good crowd] "It helps a lot when you're out there. [Faf and Amla stand] They played very well, two world-class players, I was trying to be patient, we knew one wicket would be crucial. Great pitch to bowl on, especially today, landing it in a good area you get the reward. In general they've been good wickets. [Innings last night?] I just felt like we needed that, so I went out and played a few shots. [Batting at No. 8?] Yeah, you have that licence and to contribute with your bowling. [No2 spinner?] It's taken the pressure off me, I've done a lot of work with Saqi and Gibbo."

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis: "First of all, congratulations to Joe and the England team, they were deserved winners, consistently the better team. It's been a tough few months in England. We came over for the one-day series, ahead of the Champions Trophy, which was disappointing. In the Tests, at times we showed really good fight but England were consistently coming up with answers. It's a combination of things, the quality of the England attack was superb, they were relentless and we couldn't get on top them. From a runs point of view we didn't so ourselves justice. And then we dropped some catches, particularly in this match. You have to take those half-chances to compete. The great thing about England is they almost have an extra player they can call on, they've got balance with the allrounders. The way Mo and Jonny [Bairstow] played, they just take the game away from you. [Injuries and selection] Most frustrating, Vernon Philander is probably the most important bowler in these conditions, and then with balance, it is always about playing either seven batters or four seamers. It's a great place to tour, we love coming here, we were very proud coming over. The last team became No. 1 in the world here, we knew it would be tough but the consistency wasn't there."

England captain Joe Root: "I'm really pleased with the way the series has gone. They put us under pressure a number of times but the way the guys responded was exceptional. [Nervous moments?] We knew it was a lot of runs, the partnership with Faf and Hash put us under pressure but, as we have all series, we bounced back strong, made opportunities and tried to take them. [Broad and Anderson] They are fabulous, they've been doing that for a number of years and are still going strong. Throughout we've had to overcome a number of difficult challenges, but the way we've done so has been brilliant. Hard work to do in the future but it's looking good. [Balance of side?] Important top look at conditions and assess, the way we've played in the last two games we've looked really dangerous. Great to have guys who can contribute with bat and ball. [Beating SA for first time at home since 1998] Very proud moment, throughout we've put in the performances and that's what it takes the win series like this."

5.50pm: This is also South Africa's first series defeat under Faf du Plessis - he missed Lord's but I think 3-1 means it still has to go against his name - not to mention only their second loss on the road since 2006. They hold on to the No. 2 Test ranking for now, with England heading up to No. 3 (above Australia) ahead of their home series with West Indies, which starts in ten days' time with a day-night Test at Edgbaston. Speaking of which, here's a bit of fitness news, from George Dobell.

5.35pm: A fitting end, Moeen Ali completing his five-for to seal the Test and the series for England; he finishes with 25 wickets, to go with more than 250 runs, a fine personal return for him. South Africa gave it a go, notably when Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis were adding 123 for the fourth wicket - but once that bulwark was removed, they succumbed pretty quickly. England didn't quite have to go to the bare-knuckle extremes required in 1998 but they have finally put South Africa on the canvas again, winning a home Test series against them for the first time in 19 years. It's also their first series win since beating Sri Lanka at home last year, getting the Joe Root era off to a positive start.

Here's James Anderson, who didn't get his wished-for five-for but still marked the inauguration of the James Anderson End with a seven-wicket haul: "Yeah, it's amazing, a slip-up at Trent Bridge but generally we've played some really good cricket. Shows how far we've come, but also where we can still improve. [Root captaincy?] Yeah, he's been brilliant, taking to like a duck to water, so really positive signs."

62.5
W
Ali to Olivier, OUT

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?

Duanne Olivier c Stokes b Ali 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Duanne Olivier is in, the ship almost sunk...

62.4
W
Ali to Morkel, OUT

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

Morne Morkel c Root b Ali 0 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
62.3
1
Ali to Maharaj, 1 run

flighted, keeps tossing it up outside off, driven to long-off along the ground

And with that blow, SA pass 200. Small victories

62.2
6
Ali to Maharaj, SIX runs

on the charge, muscular swing of the arms and it sails over long-on for six! Maharaj is going to go down swinging, it seems

62.1
Ali to Maharaj, no run

dragged down a touch, Maharaj whirls his arms and pulls flat to backward square leg

"SA need break after this tough and hectic English tour. This has been challenging 2 and half months for them." Looks like they'll be packing their bags pretty soon, Samraat

end of over 621 run • 1 wicket
SA: 195/8CRR: 3.14 
Keshav Maharaj14 (30)
James Anderson 14-7-16-3
Moeen Ali 19-1-62-3
61.6
W
Anderson to Rabada, OUT

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

Kagiso Rabada c Westley b Anderson 1 (18m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 6.66
61.5
Anderson to Rabada, no run

goes round the wicket, 82mph, slightly short of a length, defended

61.4
Anderson to Rabada, no run

full on middle and off, Rabada drives and it rolls back off the inside edge

61.3
Anderson to Rabada, no run

pitched up outside off, KG prods the ball along the carpet to mid-on

61.2
1
Anderson to Maharaj, 1 run

fired in straight, gets something on it and works a single into the leg side

61.1
Anderson to Maharaj, no run

ooh, close to the edge, Anderson winding up and uncoiling a ripper that squares up the No. 8

end of over 616 runs
SA: 194/7CRR: 3.18 
Kagiso Rabada1 (11)
Keshav Maharaj13 (28)
Moeen Ali 19-1-62-3
James Anderson 13-7-15-2

"Moeen must be most underrated player in this team. I think he is the best England spinner since Swann," says srini of England's No2. Isn't he pretty much their only spinner since Swann (barring back-ups)?

60.6
Ali to Rabada, no run

tossed up outside off, Rabada leans out and lets it spin through to the keeper

60.5
1
Ali to Maharaj, 1 run

flatter and straighter and worked away for one into the leg side

60.4
4
Ali to Maharaj, FOUR runs

clouted back down the ground, an easy-breezy swing of the bat from Maharaj, sends it fine of mid-off and away to the rope

60.3
Ali to Maharaj, no run

pushed through outside off and Maharaj steers it firmly to backward point

"Hameed now batting with Shiv, I see. One for the purists (and Fred Boycott)." Dig in forevermore, James

60.2
1
Ali to Rabada, 1 run

reaches for this one, squirted off the outer half of the bat through backward point for a single

60.1
Ali to Rabada, no run

floated up on off stump and defended softly by Rabada

end of over 604 runs
SA: 188/7CRR: 3.13 
Keshav Maharaj8 (25)
Kagiso Rabada0 (8)
James Anderson 13-7-15-2
Moeen Ali 18-1-56-3
59.6
Anderson to Maharaj, no run

pitched up and driven firmly to mid-off

59.5
Anderson to Maharaj, no run

comes across and pushes a length ball into the covers

59.4
Anderson to Maharaj, no run

Anderson digs in the bouncer, Maharaj flinches underneath

Best performances - batters
Jonny Bairstow portrait
JM Bairstow ENG
99 runs (145)
14 fours
1 six
Control75%
Productive shot
flick
24 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Hashim Amla portrait
HM Amla SA
83 runs (159)
13 fours
1 six
Control80%
Productive shot
cover drive
19 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Moeen Ali player portrait
MM Ali ENG
O
19.5
M
1
R
69
W
5
ECO
3.47
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
17
M
5
R
38
W
4
ECO
2.23
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Old Trafford, Manchester
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesSouth Africa tour of England
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
Player Of The Series
Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali
Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel
Series resultEngland won the 4-match series 3-1
Match numberTest no. 2268
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days4,5,6,7,August 2017 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Aleem Dar
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
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Joel Wilson
Reserve Umpire
England Image
David Millns
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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