England v South Africa, 1st Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day July 9, 2017

Moeen's ten-for leads England rout of SA


England 458 (Root 190, Moeen 87, Broad 57*, Stokes 56, Morkel 4-115) and 233 (Cook 69, Bairstow 51, Maharaj 4-85) beat South Africa 361 (Bavuma 59, Elgar 54, Philander 52, de Kock 51, Moeen 4-59) and 119 (Moeen 6-53) by 211 runs
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Highlights - Moeen's ten-for leads England rout of SA

Do you remember the first time? Joe Root certainly will after England swept South Africa aside to mark his captaincy debut with a crushing victory as 19 wickets fell in a day at Lord's. Moeen Ali, taking full licence of the attacking brief given to him by Root, ran through a mesmerised South Africa batting order to claim 6 for 53 on the way to a maiden ten-wicket haul in Tests.

Having been set 331 to win the first Test, with almost 150 overs in which to get them, South Africa were unable to even take the match into a fifth day. With the pitch offering appreciable assistance for the spin of Moeen and Liam Dawson, they subsided to 119 all out in 36.4 overs, with Temba Bavuma's 41-ball 21 providing the most prolonged resistance. Faf du Plessis, looking on from the balcony having returned to lead the team at Trent Bridge next week, was left with much to ponder.

South Africa were in trouble early in their innings, going to tea on 25 for 3, with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock their main hope of giving Root and England a fright. Only once had a team chased as many in the fourth innings to win a Lord's Test, though Root may have recalled for a moment the occasion when he filled in as Yorkshire captain in 2014 and saw Middlesex ease to a target of 472 three wickets down on this ground.

That gained him the nickname "craptain" in the Yorkshire dressing room, but it looks like England will have to come up with something more generous. In truth, Root did not have to resort to much in the way of tactical genius, as his two spinners bowled in tandem for 24 overs to finish off South Africa with time to spare on another sun-drenched evening in north London. South Africa had not lost a Test at Lord's since 1960 but they broke that record in style.

It meant their fightback during the first half of the day, when they claimed England's last nine wickets for the addition of 114 runs became a distant memory. It could have been better still but Jonny Bairstow, who scored a vital half-century, was dropped on 7 as South Africa replicated the mistakes that were so costly to their chances in the first innings.

After James Anderson had made the initial breakthrough, Heino Kuhn removed via a fine, diving catch from Bairstow down the leg side, Moeen picked up his first wicket when he brilliantly held a reflex return catch off Dean Elgar. South Africa's stand-in captain must have feared the worst at that moment, and their fortunes sunk further when JP Duminy pulled Mark Wood straight to midwicket on the brink of tea.

Moeen Ali celebrates his five-wicket haul as South Africa are rolled aside at Lord's © Getty Images

The selection of Dawson, who made a pair with the bat, was not widely lauded beforehand but he delivered for Root when he plucked out the key wicket of Amla shortly after the interval. Moeen's first four overs were maidens, bottling up South Africa from the Nursery End, and Dawson then produced a ripping delivery that pitched on middle and leg, spun past the groping bat and hit the back leg in front of off; Amla reviewed but in vain.

De Kock and Bavuma dug in for more than 10 overs, lifting the score from 28 for 4 with a 36-run stand, but an increasingly confident England had Mo-mentum on their side. When de Kock tried to relieve some of the pressure by pulling, he only succeeded in dragging the ball into his front leg, from where it fizzed back into his stumps.

Bavuma also fell trying to force an attacking shot to break England's chokehold, a precise delivery hitting the top of off, and Moeen then had Theunis de Bruyn caught at slip and Keshav Maharaj bowled off an inside edge to record his maiden Test ten-for. Having contributed 87 to the first-innings total of 458, he became the first England player to score a fifty and take ten wickets in a Test since Ian Botham in 1980.

Botham-like heroics will help keep most Test captains feeling chipper and, following his first-innings 190, Root could reflect on a perfect start to his tenure. It had been a slightly bumpier beginning to the day, however, as England lost nine wickets in 36.1 overs - though the consolation for Root was that the procession of batsmen returning to join him in the dressing room could attest to the increasing difficulty of the pitch.

Bairstow was last man out, stumped off Maharaj, the spinner's four-wicket haul a harbinger of what was to come. At lunch, England's lead had been 279 but Bairstow and Wood scraped together valuable extra runs during a brisk ninth-wicket stand of 45. Apart from Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance, who added 10 and 11 respectively to their overnight scores, no other England batsmen managed to get into double-figures on the day.

Maharaj might have removed Bairstow right at the start of his innings, only for Vernon Philander, who was fit to bowl after injuring his hand batting on the third day, to drop a simple catch at long-off. Maharaj claimed three of the seven wickets to fall in the first session, amid increasing signs of the pitch breaking up. The dismissal of Cook for 69, caught at cover attempting to lift the scoring, precipitated an England collapse of 4 for 10 in 39 balls - which would have been 5 for 19 had Bairstow's offering been held.

The evidence of the first over of the morning was that the Lord's baize was by now a little rumpled. At least two deliveries from Philander kept low before the last jumped to hit Ballance on the glove. When Maharaj came into the attack shortly before the hour mark, the first ball of his second over went directly to slip out of the rough; the same over concluded with Root being bowled by one that didn't turn.

Cook and Ballance picked up initially in much the same mood as they guided England to the close on the third evening, a couple of tugboats towing their barge along the Thames. They had added a boundary apiece, taking their partnership to 59, before Cook suddenly weighed anchor and drove aerially into the covers, where Bavuma snaffled a sharp, diving catch.

Morne Morkel continued his impressive Test by having Ballance caught behind with another exacting delivery that straightened from round the wicket and England slide's continued with the dismissal of Root for 5 in the following over. Having seen Maharaj spin the ball sharply, Root swept a boundary but was then caught playing back and got an inside-edge on to his stumps.

Ben Stokes did not have much time for reconnaissance, pinned lbw for 1 by a delivery that shot through low from Rabada. Stokes started walking as soon as it hit him, while Rabada - suspended for the next Test due to his outburst after dismissing Stokes in the first innings - kept his counsel. That left England 149 for 5 and it ought to have been 158 for 6 when Bairstow lofted Maharaj towards Philander, only for the fielder to drop it on to the rope. He gestured towards the skies, seeming to suggest that Spidercam had distracted him - but little could excuse the scale of South Africa's defeat.

Alan Gardner is an associate editor at ESPNcricinfo. @alanroderick

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  • Mohammad Zamin on July 11, 2017, 22:45 GMT

    @eCRICUSER - Kuldeep Yadav ???? He played his first T20 and he got smashed to bit. Maybe he will be good but lets see. As of now the next rising spin bowler is Shadab Khan who was phenomenal in the West Indies in the T20 matches, the same team that destroyed India a few days ago. Please chexk

  • john on July 11, 2017, 8:38 GMT

    @MOHAMMAD ZAMIN:"Lets not be selective, Yasir Shah has so far toured England, Aus, NZ and West Indies. He was succesful in England with a 10 for at Lords and a Fifer in Birmingham. He did badly in Aus and NZ (like many great spinners at some point) and wrecked it in West Indies. He has a very good record in UAE. Moeen Ali has a good record NOWHERE, not even the UAE and not even in India where ordinary spinners look like heroes (Lyon, O Keefe) so please lets not take a very narrow perspective and make a comparison." Rangana Herath is a better spinner than Yasir Shah and the world number one spin bowler in Test cricket is Ravindra Jadeja. Ravindra Jadeja is certainly a better fielder and batsmen than either Yasir Shah or Rangana Herath whom at 39 years of age is well past his best. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav will be a lethal combination over the next five to seven years even in Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa. Yuzvendra Chahal is also a good spinner in ODI.

  • rob on July 11, 2017, 3:00 GMT

    @ LANDL47: Mate, if they'd just say "World Series Champions" instead of World Champs everything would be sweet ;) .. actually, when I think about it, it probably does amount to the same thing. As good as the Japanese and central American countries are, it's hard to see any of their clubs beating the US champs over a decent length series. btw, I don't think Moeen is a bad bowler or anything. Just the opposite in fact. @ R_U_FRN: Long time no talk buddy. How'dyabe? .. the way I look at the Mo thing is a little different I'd say. I believe too much consistency works against a bowler eventually. Nathan Lyon is the best example I know. Sometimes he hits the spot too much for his own good. Ball after ball there or there abouts sounds ideal but I'm sure really good players don't mind once they're set. It lets you get your defence organised. You can get a rhythm going. When Lyon does that, it's amazing how often it's actually the bad ball that gets the wicket just because it's different.

  • onewor5875734 on July 11, 2017, 1:24 GMT

    A couple of people on here saying the England bowling attack is weak and that Broad and Anderson are past there best. I think that's more a case of wishful thinking for supporters of SA and others. Let's take last years' bowling figures for Broad and Anderson, inc. A Tour of India, as a key example

    Player Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10

    SCJ Broad (ENG) 14 25 463.4 117 1275 48 6/17 8/99 26.56 2.74 57.9 1 0

    JM Anderson (ENG) 12 21 394.1 103 973 41 5/16 10/45 23.73 2.46 57.6 3 1

    So to sum up Broad: 48 wickets at 26 in 14 Matches/ Anderson: 41 wickets at 23.5 in 12 matches.

    Anyone wish to add anything else about England's weak bowling attack?

  • John on July 10, 2017, 19:05 GMT

    Dunger_Bob, you are right about the World Series, although as a naturalized American it still annoys me that Americans refer to the winner of all their domestic competitions as World Champions. With regard to Moeen Ali, he has improved enormously as a bowler over the last 3 years. His control is better and he now bowls with overspin so he gets drift and bounce. He was very much a part-time bowler when he was brought into the England side after Swann was forced out of the game by injury on the 2013/14 Ashes tour. He's worked very hard and is now starting to see the results. I thought he bowled even better in the first innings of this test than he did in the second, because the wicket was less helpful in the first innings. Spinners reach their peak later than other disciplines and at 29 he should have a good 5 years left.

  • Johannes on July 10, 2017, 16:08 GMT

    I am a fanatic Protea supporter, but I cannot see this series with a result other than 3-0 or 4-0. There is no clear thinking in the Protea camp, How can you go into a test with just four front line bowlers? I recall the 1966/67 SA team fielded 7 bowlers (Pollock, Procter, Trimborn, Goddard. Barlow, Du Preez and Tiger Lance) against Aus. Goddard took 26 and Barlow 15 . Of course we won. The batting line-up is also all wrong. Amla should bat at 4, Du Plessis at 5 and De Kock at 6 with Morris at 7. De Bruyn and Kuhn are not test standard and Markram should open with Bavuma at 3. You need a reliable second slipper and Morris will give that. Good scores in the first innings of a test depend a lot on the scores made by batsmen 6 and 7. Go check that! How can a fielder at fine leg not be on the boundary line? It was a school boy error from Markram. Lastly, we must now forget about AB de V. He wants to pick his games and let us simply forget about him and not even mention him.

  • Nicholas on July 10, 2017, 14:55 GMT

    @dunger.bob (post on July 10, 2017, 7:20 GMT): I think the same could be said of pretty much all spin bowlers (with very few exceptions like Warne who had the ball on a string virtually every game). Perhaps this is why it has been so difficult for us (England) to find and blood new specialist spinners. Bad balls from spinners really do look horrendous simply because of their speed and usual ease to hit away. Compare that to bad balls from fast bowlers, which so often have still taken wickets because they're still pacey and hard to put away properly. Unless we miraculously find a Warne / Swann incarnate, it's looking like we're stuck with 'batters who can bowl spin' / 'spinners who can contribute significantly with the bat' for eternity now. We wont get away with this every game, but I'll certainly enjoy the few games we do. Notice how nobody (except me) gets annoyed about Stokes' poor bowling. Had he been a spinner as well, imagine the barrage of horrid comments...

  • andrew2711976 on July 10, 2017, 14:01 GMT

    CRICFAN9304416423 ON JULY 9, 2017, 19:19 GMT 'Monty Panesar is a better spinner' If you mean 'was', I agree - Panesar no longer plays professional cricket.

  • ansell on July 10, 2017, 13:12 GMT

    As an English sympathizer I would like to thank South Africa for continuing to select Duminy and restricting itself to 10 players. Duminy has scored one total over 50 (which was against Surrey). His bowling average in the last 10 games is 1 for 179. A gift which we appreciate. Maybe the Queen would knight him and the SA selectors for their service to English cricket. Many other reasons for the loss, but choosing Duminy has been very helpful for England

  • Adam on July 10, 2017, 12:02 GMT

    Stunning performance by Moeen, he seems to be getting better and better game by game. I'm not convinced by Dawson though, Rashid should have been in the side, he is a far better test match bowler.

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