The fourth test between England and South Africa gets underway at Old Trafford, Manchester on Friday and England are back in front, 2-1 up with just one to play.
This series has seen 3 wide margin wins, 2 for England and 1 for the Proteas. England drew first blood with a 211 run win at Lords, South Africa squared things up with a 340 run victory at Nottingham and last weekend England went back in front, dishing out a 239 run hiding at the Oval. This is the final action of the tour with England needing only a draw to seal a series win.
The first innings of the match at the Oval last week was the most crucial in determining the outcome. In difficult batting conditions England made 353 with illness to Vernon Philander hampering the Proteas bowling attack and Ben stoke cashed in with 112.
That score looked even better as the Proteas began their first innings with 7 wickets going down and just 61 runs on the board. A 50 from Bavuma saw the Proteas limp to 175 all out and England debutant Roland-Jones took 5 wickets.
England went on to bat South Africa out of the game with 313/8 declared in their second knock leaving them the tail end of day 4 and all of day 5 to wrap things up. Dean Elgar ground out an excellent hundred but there were 3 more wickets for Roland-Jones and Moeen Ali ended the South African resistance with a hat trick.
Series Top Run Scorers:
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Old Trafford, Manchester
England’s recent test match record at this venue is formidable with 8 wins and 2 draws in the last 10. Just over a year ago they beat Pakistan by 330 runs with Joe Root starring with 254 of England’s first innings total of 589/8 declared. The last time South Africa played a test match at this venue came back in 1998and it ended in a draw.
South Africa 28/10
Note odds quoted are an average of what is available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
I had no joy at all in the third test and enthusiasm isn’t overly high for this one in terms of the early match result quotes. I’ll look to the top SA 1st innings bat where Faf du Plessis looks backable at this price whilst Ben Stokes was MoM at the Oval and is the subject of interest to star again.
Bets: Top South Africa 1st Inns Batsman Faf du Plessis at 9/2
MoM Ben Stokes 17/2
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