Moeen masterclass hands Root a steady platform for Ashes success

By Chris Stocks at Old Trafford

Aug 4-7, Old Trafford, Manchester

England 362 (Bairstow 99, Stokes 58, Rabada 4-91) & 243 (Ali 75*, Root 49, Morkel 4-41)
South Africa 226 (Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38) & 202 (Amla 83, du Plessis 61, Ali 5-69) England won by 177 runs
Toss: England, who chose to bat Umpires: A Dar (Pak), K Dharmasena (SL)
DESPITE everything, these past few weeks have been a triumph for England, Joe Root in his first series as Test captain and, most of all, Moeen Ali.
Moeen started the summer out of England’s one-day side and was then tal...

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