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07-Aug-2017 16:56:00 GMT
England v South Africa, 4th Test, Old Trafford, day 4

Moeen bowls England to series win

Manchester: 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.

Brief scores:
England - 362 (Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Root 52) and 243 (Moeen Ali 75*, Morkel 4-41, Olivier 3-38)
South Africa - 226 (Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38) and 202 (Amla 83, du Plessis 61, Moeen Ali 5-69)
Result - England won by 177 runs

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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