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  1. England win by 211 runs
  2. Moeen takes 10 wickets in a Test for first time
  3. Dawson also impresses with two wickets
  4. Second innings: England 233 (Cook 69, Maharaj 4-85)
  5. First innings: Eng 458 (Root 190), SA 361 (Bavuma 59)

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By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Well, what a day we have had, 19 wickets in a day. There were a few anxious moments for England supporters when seven fell for 63 runs this morning but the target of 311 proved rather too much for the South Africans, over 200 runs too many in fact, as they were all out for just 119 inside 37 overs.

Congratulations to Joe Root and his team and please tune in on Friday to see what transpires in the next match at Trent Bridge. But from us, cheerio now.

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South Africa captain Dean Elgar on Test Match Special: "It is a bitter one to swallow.

"We knew it would be tough to chase anything over 300.

"It is only one game, we can change it from here.

"It will be interesting from a selection point of view before the next Test. It is going to be an interesting five days. We can't lick our wounds for too long in international cricket."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

South Africa will get better and better. To have Faf du Plessis back will be a huge bonus. They missed his leadership and guidance but clearly they have got to be down.

They have a few questions to ask because at times they looked rudderless.

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Ben Stokes on Instagram: What a great start to the series...amazing individual performance from the skipper @root66 and one of the best all round games seen in a England shirt @moali

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I think England will keep the same team. I don't see a reason to change when you have six bowling options.

This should boost them again. They are under a new captain and are a side that has had potential to performance consistently and that will be what Joe Root is saying: 'add consistency to our play'.

Moeen Ali in his post match interview: "It was the best all round performance of my career.

"It was a great wicket and I was trying to attack the batters as much as possible and it worked out well.

"I learned a lot in India it helped my mindset a lot and it worked out well.

“It is almost like a fresh start for me with a new captain.”

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I think when you have got a player like Moeen Ali who is such a flair player, runs much help him.

He made batting look so simple.

South Africa will have to look at their plans to bowling to Moeen Ali.

England coach Trevor Bayliss: "It was a complete performance, everyone played their part. We thought if we got to 300 we were going to be difficult to beat.

"Moeen sees himself as a batter who bowls and if that gives him more confidence then so be it. I thought Dawson did a fantastic job and kept it tight in the second innings, which allowed Mo to attack."

Cracking win for England. Terrific performances and a marvellous start for skipper @root66. Well played.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

My advice to any young captain is that you have to separate captaincy into different stages.

In the middle in the field you are the captain of team making the bowling changes and setting the field but as soon as you are back in the dressing room you are the batsman.

That is what Root did well on day one, he played like Joe Root the batsman.

England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow took four catches in the match and made 51 with the bat in the second innings earlier today: "What a day, what a game, Rooty taking over I don't think he could have asked for a better way to start. He has been pretty chilled. In his mind he was happy with the side and the performance shows that.

"Moeen's is an unbelievable achievement and he has won us the game.

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Man of the Match Moeen Ali on TMS: "Everything went my way. I didn't feel like I bowled as well as I did in the first innings. Dawson bowled very well and the wicket of Hashim Amla was a big turning point.

"Saqlain has been helping me with my mindset and Rooty has given me the license to come on and take wickets.

"He (Root) is exact same and will stay same. I think you will see that on the pitch with the fields. It is a great start for him and I am really pleased for him."

Well played England. 2nd half of the day didn't work out, but the boys still fought like champions! We'll be back next Test. #ProteaFire

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More from Joe Root on Test Match Special: "It is most important to start the series well and to get a win early on is vitally important. We know they will come back hard and I think this is the first time we have beaten them here in a very long time.

"Everything I asked of the lads they dived in to and have gone about in a brilliant way.

"I am happy with the way it has started. It was very nice to get us in a position of strength on day one when at lunch it wasn't looking great."

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England captain Joe Root on Test Match Special: "It is a nice start definitely. We have been very good throughout the four days. A lot of credit has to go to the top three. They made the wicket look easier than it was.

"Moeen put in a fabulous performance, a great game. His innings was fabulous and got us into a position of strength. He put them under pressure and allowed us to gain a valuable first innings lead.

"He put the ball in consistently good areas and it helped when you have got another spinner at the other end to work in partnership with and between them they did a very good job."

England captain Joe Root: "Everything I asked of the lads, they did. It's great to go to Trent Bridge 1-0 up. It was nice to get the runs, a monkey off the back, but throughout the game we had lots of good partnerships.

"Moeen - they way he played in the first innings put pressure back on South Africa and he used attacking fields when he bowled. Everyone contributed at some point and it's a pleasing sign that the whole team played their part."

Joe Root hails Alastair Cook's 69 as "probably worth double on that wicket." The former skipper is on his phone on the balcony, maybe checking on the latest back at his farm.

From the press box

Moeen's 6-53 are the best figures by a spinner bowling England to victory in the fourth innings since Underwood's 7-32 v NZ Lord's 1969

South Africa looked 'spineless'

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Today was very similar to that last session on day one. I looked at South Africa and they are not like South Africa teams I have played against or seen in recent years. They looked spineless today.

More from Dean Elgar: "The hopes are still high but we can change it from here."

(on the subject of Kagiso Rabada's suspension for the next Test) "I don't think me complaining is going to change anything. He adds a different dynamic so losing him is a big loss but it gives an opportunity to someone else."

"We knew it was going to be a challenge and it just didn't go our way," says South Africa skipper Dean Elgar, master of the understatement.

"It is maybe over 200 runs we didn't have to get if we had taken our chances."

We're all set for presentations now in the sunshine and former England skipper Mike Atherton will conduct them.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

You look back to mid afternoon on day one, the body language and the allowance to let Joe Root play. I look at South Africa in this Test and have been really disappointed. England were very, very good. The pitch helped them but they shouldn't have got anywhere near that big first innings score.

By letting England get that big score that is where the game was lost for South Africa.

"They have made my life a lot easier," says Joe Root. It ends a run of four defeats in five matches against South Africa at Lord's for England. "As a side we were brilliant."

Asked for his favourite memory of the match he modestly says: "That last wicket, to get over the line."

We think Moeen has got man of the match for his 10-112 and attacking 87 with the bat in the first innings.

Andy Zaltzman

BBC Test Match Special statistician

119 all out is South Africa's second lowest total against England since 1960.

Dean Elgar was also in his first Test as captain and it didn't work out quite so well for him. He is the eighth of his side's 12 Test captains since 1992 to lose his first match and he is expected to hand the reins back to Faf du Plessis for the next match at Trent Bridge on Friday.

The perfect start to the Root captaincy! Well played @englandcricket! What a game for Rooty and Moeen! Awesome to watch 👌🙌#ENGVSA

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Matt Richmond: Cook, Jennings & Ballance - vital platform laid & evidently a very tough track on which to score runs. Well played Super Mo!

Peterfeet: England ladies and men win within 5 minutes of each other. Amazing !!

Rachel T: Stunning win for England - all hail England's new direction down Root 66!

So we are all done and dusted. All that talk of a declaration proved unnecessary as 19 wickets fell today. England lost seven wickets for 63 in the morning session and the South African second innings has ended within 37 overs.

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Runs, wickets, catches, beard! Moeen - man of the match.

Tony, Norwich

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Well played England that's what you had to do - win that match.

Quite frankly even with the South Africa captain coming back next match, England are better than South Africa.


Morkel c Jennings b Dawson 14 (SA 119 all out)


Two sixes from Morkel but in trying a third he does not quite get it out of the middle and Jennings takes a neat catch. An emphatic victory for Joe Root in his first Test as captain and he takes a stump for the trophy cabinet, sportingly letting Moeen lead the players from the field to warm applause.

There has been one victory for England today, the women have beaten Australia by three runs.

SA 107-9

Minimum 15 overs left

End of term jocularity as Stokes and Cook jostle in pursuit of the ball to the pavilion boundary, the ball beating both of them into the rope for byes. Philander leans back to launch Moeen for the first six of the innings. Looked like a five iron that one and he might well hit a few of those tomorrow on his day off.

England's Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook

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Another case today of it being good for a team to get bowled out third innings. Captains generally go too long before a declaration. Always seems to work best not having to make that decision.


SA 94-9

One wicket to claim and it doesn't come in this one from Dawson to Philander. Moeen rushes in to continue the attack to Morkel.

Special mention for @jbairstow21 .... His Keeping this week on a difficult pitch has been magnificent ..... #ENGvsSA #Lords