Thursday 17 August 2017

Milestone man Moeen joins all-round icons

 

Moeen became the seventh England all-rounder to achieve the 2,000 runs/100 wickets double. Photo: Reuters/Peter Cziborra
Moeen became the seventh England all-rounder to achieve the 2,000 runs/100 wickets double. Photo: Reuters/Peter Cziborra

David Clough

Moeen Ali joined exalted company against South Africa at Lord's as he completed an all-round double of 100 Test wickets and 2,000 runs.

It was Joe Root who began day two of this Investec series with the most evident chance of a piece of history as he sought to become the first batsman to make two double-centuries at the home of cricket.

Instead, though, England's new captain fell 10 runs short, having resumed on 184 - and Moeen, who topped the 2,000 on his way to 87 out of 458 all out in the morning session, took his 99th wicket before tea and then his 100th straight afterwards as South Africa closed on 214-5.

Moeen became the seventh England all-rounder to achieve the 2,000 runs/100 wickets double and the second-quickest in 38 Tests, just one more than Tony Greig and four fewer than Ian Botham.

"I feel very grateful and pleased to have those stats," he said. "When I started, if someone would have told me I was going to have these stats, I would have bitten their hands off. It's a great feeling to do it at Lord's."

"There has been lots of ups and downs and with the ball it feels like I have been learning on the job," he said. "I am going to have bad days I know that, I am still inconsistent but today I was really happy with the way I bowled.

South Africa were left ruing several missed opportunities on day one, and soon had an extra one for the collection. Vernon Philander wanted a review for lbw with Stuart Broad on four. DRS technology would have ruled in their favour, and left England 372-8. Broad went on to hit another seven fours and two sixes as he rode his luck on his way to a jaunty first Test half-century in four years (and 65 innings).

In reply, Broad soon removed debutant Heino Kuhn, and struck again after Moeen's quick double to reduce the tourists to 104-4. Temba Bavuma and Theunis de Bruyn provided resistance with a 99-run stand before Jimmy Anderson had the latter caught behind shortly before the close.

Meanwhile, South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will serve a one-match ban in next week's second Test at Trent Bridge after admitting swearing on day one at Lord's. The offence took place as Ben Stokes walked off after being caught behind off Rabada.

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