Moeen Ali swells England's lead over South Africa to 360 runs

Sheri Evans
August 7, 2017

Media reports say that South Africa do not intend to retain their current coach Russell Domingo after the conclusion of the series with England. While it was Jonny Bairstow who got out for 99 in the first innings, in the second innings it was Joe Root, the young captain, who fell short of 1 run to get to his half-century.

England denied any formal approach had been made for the 48-year-old Bajan, who previously coached his native West Indies and is in his second spell in the European Central Bank set-up, but it seems highly likely that picture will change next week.

James Anderson has England in firm control on the second day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, with his four scalps leaving South Africa trailing by 142 runs with just one wicket remaining. He picked up the wicket of Dean Elgar for a duck before lunch, trapping the South African opener lbw with just his third delivery.

England look set to lose their highly-rated bowling coach Ottis Gibson to South Africa, who are poised to appoint him as their first black head coach. Moeen was especially severe on Maharaj, hitting him for three resounding sixes.

Bairstow's resistance culminated in a 50-run stand with last-man Anderson and, illustrating how well he controlled the back end of the England innings, Bairstow scored 46 of those 50 runs, and 66 of the 102 runs England added in the morning.

"I think it was my best (innings for England) in terms of trying to take momentum and putting pressure back on them", Moeen said.

Hashim Amla looked in good shape, but after making 30 runs off 35 balls, he edged a leg-side delivery from Toby Roland-Jones to Bairstow.

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"I had a few hacks early on that I got away with but I felt the situation of the game needed a little impetus, a few shots".

"We have had no approach from Cricket South Africa".

Broad had earlier claimed the final wicket of South Africa's first innings.

After England started their second dig, Morne Morkel removed both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley with the aid of gully catches.

Anderson will return on Sunday one wicket short of his 23rd career five-for, and his first in front of the James Anderson end.

When asked about it, England assistant coach Paul Farbrace took a similar stance to the European Central Bank, saying that everything will be looked into once the Test series ends.

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