Moeen Ali increases England lead over South Africa to 360 runs

Moeen Ali increases England lead over South Africa to 360 runs

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said they had not received any approach from Cricket South Africa (CSA) for Ottis Gibson amid reports he was poised to become the Proteas' new head coach.

That left the Proteas still 142 runs behind England's first-innings total of 362.

Former Aussie Test quick Jason Gillesie, who interviewed for the England head coach role back in 2015 after an impressive stint at Yorkshire, confirmed to cricket.com.au on Saturday that reports in the United Kingdom linking him to the job were the first he'd heard of the news.

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 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.

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

"I felt like I couldn't bowl badly, certainly this morning", he said. But I just want that last wicket, I don't care who gets it.

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Tom Westley has looked very composed in his own introduction to Test cricket at No3 but his potential weakness outside off-stump was again exposed by Morne Morkel today and needs a big score against West Indies to prove to himself that he is capable of belonging in exalted company.

Alastair Cook went in the seventh over, attempting a cover drive, but his thick edge flew to Theunis de Bruyn, who comfortably pocketed the catch at gully.

Joe Root was making seemingly serene progress towards a fifty but fell one short in playing on from Olivier, who picked up a second as Ben Stokes - having earlier survived a half-chance to Heino Kuhn at midwicket - nicked to slip for 23.

It would leave England searching to appoint a replacement before the start of this winter's Ashes in November, with former Australia bowler and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie a possible interim appointment for that series.

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

However, the wicket-taker was not the home hero, James Anderson, who had needed one more scalp for his maiden five-wicket haul on his home ground, but his partner-in-crime Stuart Broad, who induced a top-edged pull from Duanne Olivier that Jonny Bairstow pocketed, running back from the slip cordon.

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