Moeen Ali became the 14th English cricketer to pick up a hat-trick when he picked up the last three South Africa wickets to help England beat the Proteas by 239 runs to go 2-1 up in the four-match Test series. This was the 100th Test at The Oval and the iconic stadium witnessed its first ever hat-trick in its 127-year history.
Moeen known to be an ardent football fan said that he has scored hat-tricks on a football field, but never picked up a hat-trick before in cricket. “I’ve never taken a hat-trick in any sort of cricket. I’ve scored a few hat-tricks in football warm-ups, but this is a different sort of feeling … a better feeling,” said Moeen.
England captain Joe Root too was happy with Moeen’ performances. “Mo quite likes having that feeling of having maybe a little bit less pressure. When we need to take wickets in the fourth innings of a Test match, he’s able to do it,” Root said.
Root was also happy with the way England responded after a resounding loss in the second Test at Trent Bridge. “It was obviously a difficult week up in Nottingham, but the way the guys responded and character they showed to come back was outstanding. We’ve not done things by halves so far in this series,” Root admitted. It’s just important that we take (with us) the way we’ve played this week, especially the way we batted, which I thought was exceptional,” said Root
Elgar scored a valiant century to deny England an early win at The Oval. The teams will now head to Old Trafford, Manchester where the final Test of the series will be played. South Africa will have to win the match to draw level in the series.