All-rounder Moeen Ali proves yet again he is England team's mojo

Marie Harrington
July 9, 2017

Prior to this, Broad had not scored a Test fifty in 65 consecutive innings as his last half-century came at Trent Bridge in Nottingham during the 2013 Ashes series.

Two balls after Root went‚ Morkel trapped Liam Dawson in front and England were 367/7.

But the first chance he gave on Friday brought about his downfall on 190 - the highest score by an England captain in his first Test in charge, surpassing Alastair Cook's 173 against Bangladesh in 2010.

Temba Bavuma (48 not out) and Theunis de Bruyn (48) added 99 before James Anderson removed De Bruyn late on to leave the tourists 214-5, 244 behind.

South Africa are already without star players AB de Villiers (rest, or possible retirement) and Dale Steyn (shoulder injury) and could ill afford to lose Philander as well.

By tea, Cook had struck six fours in his 50-ball innings, with South Africa wasting two reviews on England's former captain.

Moeen Ali took a four-for on a hot and slow day at Lord's.

Yet by stumps, England had recovered to 357 for five, justifying Root's decision to bat first after winning the toss.

Moeen was bowled by Kagiso Rabada for 87 and Mark Wood lasted two balls before he was lbw to the right-arm fast bowler.

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Only once has a team lost a Lord's Test after passing 400 in the first innings and Percy Chapman's England team of 1930 had the excuse of Don Bradman being in the opposition.

The visitors were 10 without loss at lunch on the second day in reply to England's first innings of 458.

Worcestershire's Moeen, started the second day of the first Test with 1988 runs and 98 wickets at this level.

But instead of homing in on the stumps they fed Stuart Broad's thirst for quick runs with a barrage of flaccid short-pitched deliveries.

"I'm still inconsistent - I know that - but I was really happy with the way I bowled today", added Ali, who took an economical two for 35 in 13 overs.

Broad was more wayward, conceding 20 runs from his first two overs, including three successive boundaries by De Kock.

Elgar moved on to 54 not out as England dismissed Heino Kuhn (one) and Hashim Amla (29) during an attritional afternoon session at a sun-drenched home of cricket.

When Broad trapped JP Duminy LBW for 15, it seemed that the Proteas might not avoid the follow-on.

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