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England wrap up series win over S.A, displace Aussies in rankings

Tue, Aug 8, 3:12pm by Staff Writer

Moeen Ali has led England to a 3-1 series win over South Africa. Ali was named player of the match and the series after he became the first player to take 25 wickets and score 250 runs in a four-match Test series.

Joe Root’s side were bowled out early on the final day, leaving the visitors a target of 380. Ali claimed five of the ten wickets to fall with veteran paceman James Anderson also picking up 3/16 as the tourists were bowled out for 202.

Hashim Amla provided the only real resistance for the Proteas, making 83, but after Ali trapped him leg before wicket, the South Africans lost their last seven wickets for just 39 runs.

The result is England’s first home Test series win against South Africa since 1998, and sees the three lions climb to third in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings, above Australia, who they meet in the Ashes this summer.

The 177-run win also gives Joe Root his first series win as a captain and ends a run of three series without a win.

England’s next assignment is a three-Test series against West Indies, which begins with the first day-night match in England at Edgbaston on August 17.

Australia’s Test squad jets off in a week’s time for a two-Test series against Bangladesh, which begins on August 27. Aussie quick James Pattinson has had his Test return delayed after he was ruled out of this tour of the South Asian country.

Pattinson, who has dominated county cricket in England this winter, taking 32 wickets from five matches with Nottinghamshire at a miserly average of just 12.06, reported soreness in his back while training in Brisbane last week.

Cricket Australia medical staff opted to rule him out of the two-Test series after scans revealed inflammation around the area where he had previously had a stress fracture. Jackson Bird comes into the 14-man squad.

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