England Take the Series 3-1
England Take the Series 3-1, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
With the odds stacked firmly against South Africa, the end was perhaps written shortly after the beginning, as England claimed a most convincing and overwhelming victory against them in the fourth and final test in the series, thus ending it on top, with a score of 3-1.
Moeen Ali stamped his relevance and importance into the consciousness of spectators and critics who may have undermined his contributions to the England set up, by clenching the linchpin wickets consistently over the course of this test.
He was nothing short of explosive on the final day, as he used 10 deliveries to dismantle stalwarts Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and Theunis de Bruyn in frighteningly fierce fashion. He would later round off his tally by two more wickets, snatching that of the mighty Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier, from just 69 runs.
If his deathly offbreak bowling style had not proven his salt, Ali was sure to add spice to his work with the bat, having racked up 252 runs throughout this test, solidifying his place as an allrounder that came as quickly as the hour did for him to shine.
To put the glory of the illustrious Man of the Match aside for a quick second, commendations must be extended to the Proteas, particularly via the partnership efforts of skipper, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla, who made a valiant attempt to extend the test for its full duration but just stopped short due to the unstoppable onslaught of the British bowling attack.
England have surely grabbed this one with notable conviction, and are deserving of their both triumph and celebration, while South Africa will certainly have some evaluation to do as they seek to gird up their loins to prepare for the upcoming test challenges that are yet to be contested against the very same opponents.