Moeen shines as England extend dominance in Manchester

Moeen shines as England extend dominance in Manchester

Moeen shines as England extend dominance in Manchester

England could be looking for a new fast-bowling coach for the Ashes after South Africa expressed an interest in hiring Ottis Gibson. Bairstow's enterprising and entertaining knock ensured England made a good first-innings total of 362.

England denied any formal approach had been made for the 48-year-old Bajan, who previously coached his native West Indies and is in his second spell in the European Central Bank set-up, but it seems highly likely that picture will change next week.

Moeen Ali's dashing half-century all but put the fourth and final Test beyond South Africa's reach as England moved towards a series win at Old Trafford on Sunday (August 6).

He was fortunate to be dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar at slip off Maharaj but, with that let-off behind him, went on to bring up a fifty with a towering six that was caught on the players' balcony by a beaming Bairstow.

Live coverage of the fourth Test between England and South Africa continues on Sky Sports Cricket with over-by-over commentary and in-play video clips available on our live blog across digital platforms. "But I'm thrilled by the honour and it's nice to get some wickets", the Guardian quoted Anderson as saying. "But I just want that last wicket, I don't care who gets it", said the 35-year-old.

Rabada removed Toby Roland-Jones (11) and Moeen lofted Maharaj over midwicket for another maximum to further underline England's position of strength before the rain that had threatened since lunch finally arrived.

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South Africa's first-innings batting had left them with an extremely hard task but their bowlers were not intent on ending the series without a fight. With this, Olivier dismissed Root in both the occasions in the match.

Another individual who may find his involvement with England end with the series, temporarily at least, is Keaton Jennings.

Earlier, Stuart Broad cleaned up the South African tail to give his side a lead of 136 runs in the first innings.

Morkel claimed his first wicket five balls later when Alastair Cook drove and edged to be caught in the gully for 10.

Jimmy Anderson said he felt additional pressure when he took the new ball at the end that now carries his name but was delighted to end the day with four victims to leave him one away from a maiden Test five-wicket haul on his home ground.

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