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Proteas Set for Another Major 1st Innings Deficit

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Rosalie Gross | 08 August, 2017, 01:03

England took a major step towards claiming a series victory over South Africa after James Anderson produced an inspired display to leave Joe Root's side in control of the fourth Test after day two at Old Trafford.

Then Moeen on 15, was put down by Dean Elgar at slip off Keshav Maharaj.

England lead the series 2-1 and are looking to secure their first home series win over the Proteas since 1998. Ali, who bats left-handed, was especially severe on Maharaj, hitting him for three sixes.

Bairstow and Ben Stokes also failed this time, but at crucial points in this series the late-order trio of Bairstow, Stokes and now Ali has come to England's rescue to stave off South Africa.

"I'm really pleased with the way this series has gone", said Root, who acknowledged England were put under pressure as Du Plessis and Hashim Amla shared a third-wicket stand of 123 prior to South Africa's collapse.

James Anderson picked up four wickets.

Malan has 35 runs in his four Test innings and, frankly, hasn't looked like making a score.

A spirited ninth wicket partnership gave the Proteas a glimmer of hope but Rabada (23) was brilliantly caught in the final over of the day leaving England needing just one wicket to wrap up the innings tomorrow.

South Africa's bowlers had run in gamely for much of the day in a vain attempt at getting their team back in the match.

South Africa were 163/3‚ or still a long way from victory or even safety but significantly better off they had been at lunch.

Olivier had his tail up, causing problems with his clever right-arm medium-fast deliveries and, after troubling Stokes outside the off-stump on several occasions, got his reward when the England batsman edged to skipper Faf du Plessis at first slip.

Lancashire seamer takes four wickets on home ground of Old Trafford as hosts head for first innings lead.

"It is going to be hard but it should be - it's Test cricket".

Cook's Essex team-mate Westley then managed just nine in his fourth innings at this level before, playing slightly across the line to Morkel, he too was caught in the gully, this time by substitute Aiden Markram.

But the Middlesex left-hander, born in London but brought up in South Africa, exited for six - having been dropped on five - when caught via bat and pad at short leg off Maharaj.

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