First Test: England, in their first test under Joe Root’s lead, thrashed South Africa after winning by 211 runs. South Africa were chasing 351 for victory but in the final session on the fourth day they found themselves bowled out for 119.
Great spin bowling by Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson helped England on their way to a 1-0 in the four-match test series, with Mooen Ali finishing on 6 for 53 and Dawson collecting three wickets.
It was the speed of victory that was telling and that was down to the great bowling from England’s spinners along with some very poor shot selections made by the South Africa batsmen as they looked to overhaul the deficit.
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Bowling England out for 233 in the second innings was probably the only positive that South Africa could take from the first test.
Second Test: The second test was completely different to the first as England were beaten resoundingly by a rejuvenated South Africa. England were out in less than 50 overs and convincingly lost by 340 runs, 129 runs more than they had won by in the first test.
Vernon Philander put in a man of the match performance and rightly received the award too. This was down to figures of 24/3 in just 10 overs.
South Africa had declared on 343/9 leaving England chasing a target of 474 on day 3. Thanks to some exceptional bowling by Faf du Plessis’ men, England were bowled for just 133 runs, levelling the series at 1-1.
Third Test: England were back in control of the test series at the end of the third test after beating South Africa by 239 runs at The Oval. England put in a great all round display, especially on day one in difficult batting conditions.
Stokes had hit a great century for England and then the bowlers stepped up and took control to open up a wide margin. South Africa simply could not recover and after a great second days’ work by England, they were on the brink.
It was a marvellous hat trick by Moeen Ali that put the final nail in the coffin for South Africa, giving England victory and a 2-1 lead in the series. Ali is the first to hit a hat trick at The Oval in 100 tests and the first by an English men’s spinner since 1938.
Fourth Test: England finished day one on 260/6 after half centuries from Ben Stokes and Captain Joe Root. Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier took 4 wickets between them and that prevented England accelerating into a bigger lead on day one.
You’d expect England to go on and secure the series now in the fourth test, taking the series by a 3-1 score line. They put another good shift in on day two of the fourth test, with the visitor’s finishing on 220/9.
By and large it’s the bowlers who have really stood out over the course of the series with Moeen Ali looking in superb form.