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Morkel strikes twice to give South Africa a glimmer

07 August, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • England could lose their bowling coach Gibson who is reportedly the preferred candidate to take over as South Africa's new head coach

A victory would bring England a second straight series win over South Africa after winning in South Africa 18 months ago, but its first at home over the Proteas since the Michael Atherton vs. Allan Donald series of 1998. 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 had struggled against the spin of Keshav Maharaj who was making the most of the rough outside off-stump to the left-handed batsmen.

Moeen Ali launched a destructive counter-attack to put England in firm control of the fourth Test and dash South Africa's hopes of staging a remarkable recovery.

Moeen made South Africa pay for Dean Elgar dropping him on 15 when a low slip chance off Keshav Maharaj did not stick.

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"I think it was my best (innings for England) in terms of trying to take momentum and putting pressure back on them", Moeen said. "Sometimes you can be a sitting duck and I just felt today I didn't want to do that", he added.

With Russell Domingo's current deal to lead the Proteas running out at the end of the current series against England, the highly-regarded Gibson has emerged as the front-runner to take over.

After Roland-Jones departed, top-edging as he tried to pull Rabada, Broad joined Moeen and the pair will resume on Monday after rain cut play short in the final hour.

Domingo's contract runs out at the end of this season and the position was advertised by Cricket South Africa (CSA) with Domingo reapplying for the role.

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Knowing the importance of a good start, Faf du Plessis gave Morne Morkel an eight-over spell up front that yielded the wickets of Alastair Cook and Tom Westley.

Another individual who may find his involvement with England end with the series, temporarily at least, is Keaton Jennings. If Root needs evidence of why he should have the confidence to get South Africa batting again sooner rather than later he need only recall his own dismissal, which saw an Olivier delivery deflect onto the stumps off the bottom of his bat as he attempted a drive.

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

Anderson certainly enjoyed the chance to bowl from the newly-named "James Anderson End" at his home ground - with all of his wickets coming from there.

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