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Moeen Ali First English Spinner in 79 Years to Take Test Hat-trick

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 31, 2017, 7:35 PM IST
Moeen Ali First English Spinner in 79 Years to Take Test Hat-trick

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London: Moeen Ali on Monday became the thirteenth Englishman to take a hat-trick in a Test match as he took the last three wickets of the South African innings to guide the hosts to a massive 239-run win in the third Test at the Kensington Oval. The victory puts England 2-1 up in the four-match series with the last Test starting on August 4 at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

South Africa were on the brink of defeat on the final day but were kept afloat by some dogged resistance from left-handed opening batsman Dean Elgar, who faced 228 deliveries to score 136 runs in what was a classical Test knock. But Elgar's resistance was broken by Ali, who forced the southpaw to drive outside the off stump, resulting in an outside edge that was caught at first slip by Ben Stokes.

Ali's next victim was Kagiso Rabada, who too was caught at first slip by Stokes for a golden duck. Last man Morne Morkel was the next to go as he was trapped in front of the wicket. The appeal was overturned by the field umpire, but England captain Joe Root went for the DRS and was rewarded as the ball was going on to hit the stumps.

Ali completed his hat-trick and thus became the first English spinner since Tom Goddard in 1938 to take a Hat-trick in Test cricket. Stuart Broad is the only English cricketer to have taken two Test hat-tricks.

Here is the full list of hat-trick heroes for England in Test matches,

1) Billy Bates against Australia in 1882-83

2) Johnny Briggs against Australia in 1891-92

3) George Lohmann against South Africa in 1895-96

4) Jack Hearne against Australia in 1899

5) Maurice Allom against New Zealand in 1929-30

6) Tom Goddard against South Africa in 1938-39

7) Peter Loader against West Indies in 1957

8) Dominic Cork against West Indies in 1995

9) Darren Gough against Australia in 1998-99

10) Matthew Hoggard against West Indies in 2003-04

11) Ryan Sidebottom against New Zealand in 2007-08

12) Stuart Broad against India in 2011

13) Stuart Broad against Sri Lanka in 2014

14) Moeen Ali against South Africa in 2017

First Published: July 31, 2017, 7:26 PM IST

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