European Central Bank reveals no approach made by South Africa on Ottis Gibson

Jonathan Hernandez
August 7, 2017

The hosts slipped to 72-4 when Dawid Malan (six) served up a simple bat-pad catch off Maharaj (1-92) and England's plight might have been worse had South Africa appealed for caught behind against Ben Stokes (23) when he had four, Ultra-edge suggesting a thin edge off Morkel.

Like Jonny Bairstow's 99 in the first innings, Ali's brisk half-century ensured England didn't succumb when under pressure, this time at 153-7.

Bairstow had still guided England from the precarious position of 260-6 overnight to a now-formidable 362.

Moeen Ali launched a destructive counter-attack to put England in firm control of the fourth Test and dash South Africa's hopes of staging a remarkable recovery.

England appear likely to be looking for a new bowling coach ahead of the Ashes after it emerged that Ottis Gibson, now in the position, is set to take over as South Africa's new head coach.

Ali, coming in at No. 8, counterattacked convincingly, hitting eight fours and three sixes in his 67 from just 59 balls.

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.

"I had a few hacks early on that I got away with but I felt the situation of the game needed a little impetus, a few shots".

England now lead by 360 runs and have gone off for rain, but there will still be concerns surrounding the top order heading into the Ashes series this winter.

The ECB said they had not been approached by Cricket South Africa and would not consider the matter until the end of the Investec Series, which concludes early next week. With this, Olivier dismissed Root in both the occasions in the match.

England skipper Joe Root looked composed and confident again but fell one run short of his half-century after dragging on a low delivery from Duanne Olivier.

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

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

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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