South Africa fight back, but England still in control

Gibson, who was reappointed as the bowling coach of England team in 2015 has emerged as the leading candidate for replacing Proteas coach Russell Domingo, who had reapplied for the post that he claimed four years back.

England sensed series victory, and got over the disappointment of Jonny Bairstow being dismissed for 99, as James Anderson ripped through South Africa's first innings with 4-33 on Day 2 of the fourth and final test on Saturday.

But Moeen - dropped at slip by Dean Elgar off Keshav Maharaj when just 15 - had other ideas, taking the attack to the tourists to the delight of an increasingly raucous crowd, who took particular pleasure in the left-hander thrice depositing his spin counterpart over the ropes.

Despite being set for a morale-boosting Test victory over South Africa, selectors will be anxious about the batting line-up with just three Tests against a depleted West Indies to come before they travel to Australia for the biggest Test series of them all against Australia.

But Moeen took the game to the left-arm spinner, putting on a 58-run partnership with Toby Roland-Jones and eliminating the concern over the rough with positive footwork.

Three times Moeen hit Maharaj for six and his confidence, shot selection and execution raised the question of why he is batting down at number eight.

"I felt like I couldn't bowl badly, certainly this morning", he said.




South Africa must win the test to draw the series. At lunch, England were 53 for 2, with Keaton Jennings - dropped in the slips on nought - 17 not out.

After England started their second dig, Morne Morkel removed both Alastair Cook and Tom Westley with the aid of gully catches.

England have just three tests against the West Indies in which to settle on their lineup for this winter's Ashes squad, and it is entirely reasonable to say they can be no clearer yet about the staffing of much of their top and middle order.

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.

England's advantage in the final test was built on its 136-run first-innings advantage.

That left James Anderson high and dry on 4/38 - one scalp shy of what would have been his first five-wicket haul in tests at his home ground‚ where an end was named after him before the match.

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