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England top-order issues remain, admits Bayliss

England top-order issues remain, admits Bayliss”

Moeen Ali finished a brilliant campaign with a five-wicket haul as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday to seal a 3-1 series win.

But three quick wickets from Moeen put an end to any thoughts of a miracle and ensured England their first home series win over South Africa since 1998.

Ali took 5-69 as South Africa was all out for 202 in its second innings soon after tea on the fourth day, well short of its target of 380 at Old Trafford.

England have overtaken their Ashes rival Australia to the third position in the International Cricket Council Test Rankings following their 3-1 series victory over South Africa.

The all-rounder's unbeaten 69 helped haul Joe Root's men to an nearly unassailable position on 224-8, 360 runs ahead, as they seek to seal a 3-1 series win. We've put pressure on them, and it's turned our way.

On Sunday, Root once again propped up England's top order with his 49, but he played on to Olivier on the brink of a half-century and was fifth man out following failures by opener Keaton Jennings and new men Tom Westley and Dawid Malan.

"As long as we can harness the mentality that we have had, especially at the back end of this series, it should stand us in good stead for the future". Speaking about the series win, Bayliss described, "We've been a bit up and down with our performances, we win one we lose one".

'I feel a lot more confident in my ability, ' he added.

England will now face the West Indies in three Tests later this summer and Bayliss admits he has work to do to find his side's strongest possible line-up with the upcoming Ashes series in Australia on the horizon.

On an eventful fourth day of the final Test, we take a look at the three key talking points in England's charge to victory. The panel's decision was to see if there was someone out there to take the team forward, and I said Russell was doing a good job, but if there was someone out there who can challenge the team more, then, by all means, have a look... Amla had been intent on little more than survival at the outset of his innings, needing 18 deliveries to get off the mark, but he set about loosening the shackles as the hardness went out of the new ball and the spite in the wicket was tamed.

Moeen is remarkably mild-mannered for a man who seems to relish nothing more than squeezing the life out of opponents just as things are starting to go right for them, and yet this is the role he excels at.

He also hailed the effort of South Africa and appreciated his team for putting up a tough fight. "You often think he's not going to take wickets on the day and then you look up and he's got three or four, he's just brilliant and a real risky batter".



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