• Spinner is the first man since 1958 to end a Test with a hat-trick
• Joe Root praises man-of-the-match Ben Stokes’s growing maturity
Moeen Ali had previously savoured the delight of a hat-trick only during England’s football warm-ups and so was brimming with joy after his three-card trick wrapped up a convincing victory over South Africa and delivered a sensational finale to The Oval’s 100th Test match.
At 2.27pm on Monday afternoon England’s players erupted in celebration when the big screen showed Moeen had trapped the No11, Morne Morkel, lbw on review. He had removed Dean Elgar for a defiant 136 and …read more