Ali's 5 gives England long-awaited home series win

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Ali's 5 gives England long-awaited home series win

The "Burnley Express" took 4-38 on his home ground as South Africa were dismissed for 226 on day two of the third Test, with England leading by 360 runs with two wickets remaining at the time of going to press. Prior to losing the Test series against England, they were also defeated by the latter in ODI and T20 series.

"But I definitely think they've got to go down the route of trying to convince AB de Villiers, even if it is just for six months for those two big tours, that he needs to make himself available", he added. "The most pleasing things would be bowling last, having the mind-set of winning games", he said.

Dropped catches have dogged South Africa throughout this series and yesterday they downed five - two very hard, two difficult and one (Moeen) inexplicable. "There was a week that wasn't quite as much fun as the other three", Root said. "We knew the target was a lot of runs and we set off brilliantly with the new ball".

Moeen Ali's fireworks: Moeen Ali's unbeaten 75-run knock was the game-changer for England.

"They have given me positive feedback", said Du Plessis following the 177-run defeat in the fourth Test on Monday.

"Obviously Keaton will be disappointed with the way he went although he batted on some tough wickets against a top-quality pace attack".

Anderson bagged the first wicket bowling from the end named after him just three deliveries into South Africa's innings, getting rid of an in-form Dean Elgar for a 3-ball duck.

"For us to have competed and to win Test matches we needed Vern, you need your best players", the Proteas captain told reporters following South Africa's first Test series loss in England since 1998.

Anderson, Stuart Broad and Toby Roland-Jones then claimed a wicket apiece to reduce South Africa to 40-3 before a 123-run stand between Hashim Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis rekindled hope.

However, with South Africa 163-3, Amla missed an intended whip shot off Ali and was LBW, although England had to review umpire Kumar Dharmasena's original not out verdict.

No replays were required when Quinton de Kock (1) edged a drive off Moeen to Alastair Cook in the slips.

The right-arm bowler took his first ten-wicket haul in the longest format in the first Test at Lord's while he also bowled England to victory in the final Test at Old Trafford on Monday, capturing 5/69.

They all fired at some stage of the series, too - Ben Stokes with a mature century at The Oval and as the best fielder throughout, Jonny Bairstow with his 99 in Manchester and vastly improved wicketkeeping - and yet Moeen's bowling was the biggest revelation, particularly given the 4-0 defeat in India past year when he took 10 wickets at 64 apiece.

They were soon dashed, though, as Moeen completed a fine individual performance by removing Morkel and Duanne Olivier in successive balls to round off an ultimately resounding England victory.

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