England v South Africa: Smasher Moeen Ali puts series triumph within grasp

England v South Africa: Smasher Moeen Ali puts series triumph within grasp

England added just 19 runs to their overnight total of 224-8 in their second innings to be all out for 243, but the damage had already been done.

However, the England board confirmed that they have not been approached by South Africa until now and any decision will only be taken after the conclusion of the ongoing Test series between the two teams.

Ben Stokes has demonstrated a few times this summer that he can bat against type in the team cause and he was at it again, escaping on five when no one even appealed after he edged one behind off Morkel, but digging in nonetheless in a hard-working fifth-wicket stand of 57 with Root.

Media reports say that South Africa do not intend to retain their current coach Russell Domingo after the conclusion of the series with England.

Moeen made them - and pity the unlucky bowler Keshav Maharaj whose spin was then chosen for assault - pay for their mistake smashing an unbeaten 67 in 59 balls with eight fours and three sixes.

But figures of 4 for 38 in 17 overs gave Anderson his best innings return in seven Tests at Old Trafford.

A former Essex and England batsman, Insole was a Test selector for almost 20 years and an influential administrator.

The current contract of South Africa head coach Russell Domingo expires at the end of this tour.

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England wasn't flawless in its first four tests under Root.

However, Toby Roland-Jones picked the final wicket before lunch, dismissing Bavuma for 12.

Theunis de Bruyn (11) did not last long before an edged drive off Anderson was held by England captain Joe Root at second slip.

"It is just an incredible honour, especially because of the link I have with this club and the love I have for the club".

Another individual who may find his involvement with England end with the series, temporarily at least, is Keaton Jennings.

Olivier's fall meant James Anderson was denied a maiden five-wicket Test innings haul at his Lancashire home ground.

And the 25-year-old Durham left-hander, sometimes guilty of defending with an open bat face, was nearly out for a duck when he edged a good length ball from Kagiso Rabada that cut away off the pitch to third slip where a diving Dean Elgar could not cling onto the chance despite getting both hands to the ball.

Tom Westley, caught at gully off Morne Morkel just like Alastair Cook had been shortly before, was another out to a poor shot.

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