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Moeen Ali increases England lead over South Africa to 360 runs

07 August 2017

The fourth Test match of the series is being played at Old Trafford in Manchester. Getting mocked by his captain Joe Root, as his Yorkshire and England team-mate mocked his celebratory wave to the crowd.

England could be looking for a new fast-bowling coach for the Ashes after South Africa expressed an interest in hiring Ottis Gibson. He picked up the wicket of Dean Elgar for a duck before lunch, trapping the South African opener lbw with just his third delivery.

An unbeaten half-century by Moeen Ali has helped cement England's stronghold over South Africa on day three of the final Test at Old Trafford.

The more lower-order resistance put England on course for a series-clinching victory in the fourth and final test against South Africa on Sunday as Moeen Ali's quick-fire 67 gave the home team a 360-run lead.

South Africa added just six runs to their overnight 220-9 before Duanne Olivier top-edged an attempted pull off Stuart Broad (3-46), ending James Anderson's hopes of completing his first five-for at the ground in the process, but after conceding a first-innings deficit of 136 the Proteas fought back to reduce the hosts to 134-6.

Watch the moment Jonny Bairstow catches the six that brought up Moeen Ali's 50! He had gotten rid of Alastair Cook several times in the series and did it yet again at Old Trafford in the second innings, eking out an outside edge with a fuller ball.

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In reply, England's openers, Cook and Jennings, started cautiously against the twin new-ball threat of Morkel and Kagiso Rabada - nearly too cautiously in Jennings' case, who, after failing to get off the mark from his first 13 deliveries, poked uncertainly down the line to Rabada, and squirted a fast but eminently catchable chance into the cordon.

Tom Westley went in similar fashion, edging to substitute fielder Aiden Markram, who held on at a gully to leave England on 30-2.

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.

Olivier, who also dismissed Bairstow, ended the day with fine figures of 3 for 38 but that was scant consolation to his side.

Ali nearly played his first ball from Olivier into the stumps but cut loose after being put down by Elgar - sweeping strongly and hitting Maharaj off his line.

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.