Moeen, Broad press England advantage

Jul 10, 2017, 00:34
Moeen, Broad press England advantage

Coming to the crease with England wobbling at 2/10, he saw off the new ball, built partnerships with Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes, and, in the last session of the day, accelerated his scoring rate to finish the day unbeaten on 184 from 227 balls.

No South African batsmen was able to get away from them as Joe Root did on day one.

South Africa's 12 for one became 12 for two when Elgar (two) drilled a return catch to Ali.

The introduction of Moeen Ali came soon after and he removed Elgar via a brilliant reflex catch off a well-struck drive. Moeen accepted a firm straight drive from Dean Elgar off his own bowling, as well as an inappropriate pull from Duminy at square leg to ensure that when tea was being sipped the England players could contemplate drinking something stronger later in the evening. The speed of England's demise seemed to have ruled out the possibility of a draw with more than 50 over remaining in the fourth day.

By the close of day three, Cook had 59 not out and England were 119-1 - an overall advantage of 216 runs.

9 The number of times Morkel has dismissed Alastair Cook - the most times he has removed any batsman in his Test career.

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Moeen's the man as England gain another wicket.

Liam Dawson collected his first wicket when nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada edged behind.

Wicket-keeper/batsman de Kock delighted a capacity crowd with a 36-ball fifty - the second fastest in a Test at Lord's - featuring 10 fours.

The evidence of the first over of the morning was that the Lord's baize was by now a little rumpled.

Philander was hit by James Anderson while batting and received treatment on-field before going on to score 52.

Not much went wrong for Root in his first game in the job. Outstanding county form at the start of this English season demanded a recall, however, his technical deficiencies of old were brutally laid bare in a probing spell from Morne Morkel.

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But Moeen Ali, who ended with 87, shepherded Stuart Broad through 46 runs for the eighth wicket, before the paceman and his great friend Jimmy Anderson shredded the South African bowling figures while putting on 45 runs in 27 balls for the last wicket.

JP Duminy, who wears the look of man bereft of any confidence, played an ugly and nervy innings, and having gotten off the mark with a neat clip through the covers then played an bad pull shot, hitting the ball straight to Moeen at square leg.

Maharaj should have had Jonny Bairstow for seven, but Vernon Philander put down a straightforward chance at long-off.

Rabada landed in trouble with match referee Jeff Crowe for swearing at Stokes in the first innings.

Morkel claimed three victims and Keshav Maharaj four as England failed to force the pace.

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