England Seal First Test Win

England spinner Moeen Ali took three wickets on the final morning of the first test match against South Africa as England sealed a 241 run victory.

Ali took the prize wicket of AB de Villiers with the third ball of the day and paceman Steven Finn added to his three wickets on day four to finish with figures of 4/42.

South Africa could only add 38 runs to their overnight score as England took the six wickets they needed to seal the win a 1-0 lead in the four-match test series.

Moeen Ali bowling performance saw him pick up the man of the match award. Ali picked up seven wickets in the match as the England bowlers shared the wickets around.

England have struggled away from home recently and this win was only their second win on the road since 2012. The win is their largest against the South Africans since they returned to the International fold in 1991.

Focus now turns to the second test which starts on Saturday in Cape Town. Will South Africa make any changes to their line-up after this defeat follows their humiliation in India.

On England’s part the only question in regards to their line-up for the second match in series must be whether James Anderson will return to the team. England’s record wicket-taker missed the first test through injury.

If Anderson does return to the line-up, the obvious choice as to who he will replace must be Chris Woakes. Woakes struggled for wickets in this match, taking only one wicket from his twenty four overs in the match.

This article is for the-newshub.com

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