By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England impress in 177-run win over South Africa at Old Trafford
- Victory clinches 3-1 series win – their first home triumph against SA since 1998
- Moeen Ali takes 5-69 and scores 75 not out, Bairstow also hits 99.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Moeen Ali takes 5 wickets to put an end to South Africa’s resistance and seal a convincing 177-run win for England. The hosts won the series 3-1.
Alastair Cook – 5/10 – Typically combative 46 in the first innings but gave his wicket away in the second. Took two good catches in South Africa’s second innings.
Keaton Jennings – 2/10 – Battled to scores of 17 and 18 without ever looking comfortable at the crease. His time is surely running out.
Tom Westley – 3/10 – Displayed good temperament and technique during first-innings knock, but played a loose shot to get out on 29, then only made 9 in the second innings.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Made key contributions of 52 and 49 respectively with the bat, and generally chose the right bowlers and set the right fields at the right times in the match.
Dawid Malan – 2/10 – Gave his wicket away after getting a start in the first innings, then made just 6 in the second innings. May get more chances against weaker West Indies’ bowlers.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – Hit a good fifty in the first innings and a useful 23 in the second. Took 3 good catches and one exceptional grab. Ineffective with the ball this time.
Johnny Bairstow – 8/10 – Scored superb 99 when England needed him to step up in the first innings, and then was out for 10 in the second. Kept well throughout.
Moeen Ali – 9/10 – His brilliant attacking innings of 75 not out took England’s second-innings lead beyond South Africa’s reach, then he finished the tourists off with 5-69 in the final innings of the match.
Toby Roland-Jones – 4/10 – Only took one wicket in each innings but both were good players – Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma. Conceded too many runs (92 in 20 overs).
Stuart Broad – 6/10 – Ripped apart South Africa’s lower order with three wickets in the first innings, and then produced a superb spell (for only one wicket) to get England off to a good start in the final innings.
James Anderson – 8/10 – Very impressive display of fast bowling from England’s talisman. Took 4-38 in the first innings and 3-16 in 14 overs in the second.
Dean Elgar – 0/10 – After his superb hundred in the previous match, he was totally anonymous here as he made 0 and 5.
Heino Kuhn – 2/10 – Will surely be dropped now after scoring just 24 and 11 and averaging only 14.12 in the series.
Hashim Amla – 8/10 – His excellent 81 from 159 balls in the second innings came too late to save his team. Played a loose shot against Roland-Jones in the first innings when well set on 30.
Temba Bavuma – 5/10 – Played another patient knock to make 46 from 93 balls in the first innings, before misjudging a straight ball from Anderson. Made just 12 second time around.
Faf du Plessis – 7/10 – Much better display from South Africa’s captain. Scored 27 in the first innings and then demonstrated great resistance to make 61 in the second before attempting one drive too many.
Quinton de Kock – 3/10 – Found himself tied down by England’s impressive bowling in the first innings as he made 24 from 66 balls, and then was out for just 1 in the second.
Theunis de Bruyn – 1/10 – Oh dear. Scored just 11 runs and failed to take a wicket after replacing the injured Chris Morris in the team.
Keshav Maharaj – 5/10 – Exercised great control over England’s run rate as he took 2-58 in 30 overs in the first innings, but struggled when Moeen counter-attacked him in the second.
Kagiso Rabada – 7/10 – Produced his best performance of the series to take 4/91 in the first innings and 2/50 in the second. Also scored a useful 23 in the first innings.
Morne Morkel – 7/10 – In the second innings, he finally got the kind of figures (4-41) his impressive bowling in the series has merited. Also bowled better in the first than figures of 2-92 suggest.
Duanne Olivier – 7/10 – Encouraging display from the young bowler as he took 2-91 in the first innings then eclipsed it with 3-38 in the second. Dismissed Root twice and Stokes and Bairstow once.
England play host to the West Indies, starting 17 August.
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