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Summary

  1. England win by 239 runs - take 2-1 series lead
  2. Moeen takes hat-trick to complete victory
  3. Elgar makes 228-ball 136 - removed by Moeen
  4. Roland-Jones removed Bavuma & Philander in successive balls
  5. First innings: Eng 353 (Stokes 112), SA 175 (Bavuma 52)
  6. Second innings: Eng 313-8 dec (Bairstow 63)

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

What an incredible picture. One for the living room wall, Moeen. It's been another hugely enjoyable Test match and there is one more to come, starting on Friday at Old Trafford. We are making a couple of changes to our team for that one, just to keep things fresh of course, so join them on Friday morning from 10:15 BST. But from all of us here today, cheerio now.

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Brian Read: Very well done England, great performance all round! Just don't throw it away in the last match starting on Friday!

Josh Roberts: You can excuse inconsistencies when you're in transition. We have an experienced & fairly settled side. Time to be consistent!

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If you want to watch Aggers convincing Geoffrey that one of his hundreds was about to taken from him by the ICC, here is the clip.

The 'press release' that fooled Boycott

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From the press box

Hats off to @surreycricket head groundsman Lee Fortis and his team for a cracking Test pitch and tireless cover work on the first three days

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Here's the link for FaceBoycs Live...it's your close-up, Geoffrey.

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More from England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "I'm still of the view we don't need more than seven batters - we've got three guys like Stokes, Bairstow and Ali who give us a lot of options, so we looked at the conditions here and played the extra batsman. Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Westley were outstanding - we've tried some guys in the past who have done well early on, hopefully we'll be talking like this after 10-15 Tests. Westley's fitted into the squad very easily, looks comfortable around the group. Toby looks like one of his strengths is accuracy - we haven't got the out-and-out pace that Australia have, so you've got to be able to put the ball in the right areas, and Toby's done that."

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There is a lot of talk about four-day Tests. But surely the fifth day pressure means teams have to play to win in the fourth day. Four days would have rescued SA. A fifth day available impacts the game EVEN when it isn't used.

Gerry McCormack

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Loads of positives, but I always worry about the England side when we praise them so much - as we have to when they play like this - so let's see how they play at Old Trafford.

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Cricinfo: The last England spinner before Moeen Ali to take a Test hat-trick: Tom Goddard in 1938.

I knew it was out - Moeen

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Moeen Ali on his match-winning hat-trick, on TMS: "It's a great feeling to win the game. I was very surprised he gave it not out. As soon as it left my hand I knew it was there or thereabouts, I was pretty confident.

"It's brilliant for the crowd and the team to finish like that."

On the plan for Old Trafford: "Win the toss and bat hopefully. Obviously in Manchester we need to put a massive emphasis on starting well."

England coach Trevor Bayliss on Sky Sports: "Quite honestly, Mo probably believes he's bowled a bit better than that in the past. If we're winning one and losing one, it means other teams are going through the same. It's on us now to back that up and win in Manchester. The guys copped a bit of criticism for the way we played in the last game, we had a chat about it between Tests. Somewhere along the line, they've got to take responsibility for the way they've played - Stokes had a good game plan, watching and leaving, and when the bad ball came along, he was ready to put it away."

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Tony Bickley: Surely that shows who our number one spinner is? If Dawson had been picked then he'd have probably been given the ball over Ali.

Ask Geoffrey

There is going to be a special post-match FaceBoycs Live on the TMS Facebook page so get your questions ready.

England seamer Toby Roland-Jones would have won the magnum and the cheque on most occasions for match figures of 8-129 and 48 runs with the bat.

Here he is on Sky Sports: "It's been draining at times, but to be part of the last five days and win in the manner we have, it couldn't have been better. Certainly the conditions helped the seam bowlers like myself in the first innings. It's strange to have three guys in the same innings on a hat-trick - Stuart Broad had a few things to say about what it's like to get a Test match hat-trick."

England's hat-trick hero Moeen Ali on Sky Sports: "I was very confident it was out, as soon as it hit his pad! It was a great feeling. Aleem Dar gave me the ball so I put it straight in my pocket."

Moeen milestone

How about this for a stat, Moeen's hat-trick is the first in Tests where the three batsmen have all been left-handers. Superb stuff.

The guys showed character - Root

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England captain Joe Root on TMS: "It's been a really good week, the way we played was fantastic. We found a really good tempo and need to look to emulate that moving forward.

"The way we played was brilliant. You look down the side and there's a number of different match-winners, so if we can get in a position of strength early on then we can get across the line.

"The most important thing was responding positively after last week, it shows the character of guys in the dressing room.

"It's all about going one further and making sure we finish the Test series in Manchester."

Man of the match

England all-rounder Ben Stokes - was that his best Test hundred? "I had to work really hard, with the wicket offering a lot to their bowlers, particularly for Vernon Philander. We put ourselves in a great position with that first-innings score. I'll always try to play positively, whether that be in attack or defence, and it came off this week."

On Moeen Ali's hat-trick: "I couldn't believe it didn't get given straight away! A dramatic end to a dramatic day - Dean Elgar hit a really gutsy hundred and it was good to see the back of him, so congratulations to Mo. The last spell I bowled at Trent Bridge was a big confidence boost, I've worked hard with our bowling coach Ottis Gibson. We start again on Friday,"

Ben Stokes has a big cheque to juggle but he doesn't drop anything and he has two and a half big ones and a magnum of bubbly to take home with him, a corporate sponsor gets in on the photographs.

No excuse - du Plessis

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More from South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on TMS: "From a batting point of view our consistency was lacking.

"You have to get through those conditions, there's no excuse, you have to limit to damage. It put us so far behind and we had to do something special to come back.

"You try and make sure the umpires understand it's a little unfair because it's really tough, but as the new laws state it has to be dangerous, so you have to get on with the job."

Captain's view

England skipper Joe Root: "What a way to celebrate the 100th Test at this ground. I think the way we batted in the first innings was really important and set a good benchmark for us. The way we bowled first up was exceptional. Alastair Cook's innings was crucial - we could have gone five or six down but the way he played was brilliant, he knows his game and played accordingly.

"At no point have we made excuses - we know Trent Bridge wasn't good enough, we've responded. Dawid Malan would have wanted to score more runs, but he got two good balls, and the other two made great contributions. It was great to see Toby Roland-Jones come in and take it like a duck to water."

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Elgar's 136 is the third highest score for South Africa in the fourth innings of a Test.

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More from South Africa captain Faf du Plessis - did he want another warm-up game between the Tests? "We didn't have that option. The obvious things that we did in the first and the third Test, obvious mistakes have been made and their bowlers were exceptional. The end of day two was probably the most difficult conditions you'll see in Test cricket. It's been a strange series - mistakes were made in this Test, we don't have to scratch our heads about what to do. Dean's knock was amazing, and something our batters can look towards to make sure they go out and fight. We lost most of our main batters yesterday but the guys fought really well today so there are positives to take. Dean showed us what was needed."

Captain's view

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis: "It's obvious to say that someone like Vernon Philander missing out on that first innings was costly, so they got 100 runs too many in that innings, but you have to say the English team batted well. Vern is one of those world-class performers that you'd almost take him at 50% - the plan was to win the toss, bat and give him a day to get better, so not to have him for day two and three was also a big loss to our bowling attack as we didn't have that consistency."

Cook showed England how to play conditions

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After Trent Bridge it was important that someone set their stall out to remind England how to play in those conditions - Alastair Cook did that very well.

The intent of the England team this week, the effort, they looked prepared to put the hard work in. We want to see that on a consistent basis - as soon as they lose the toss.

Bowling first in English conditions, England have to get better at that. We will see who wins the toss at Old Trafford because clearly it's had a big impact on the teams.

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Peter Coles: Moeen Ali's most dangerous delivery is the one that goes on with the beard.

Don't get the inimitable Keith Flett started!

Gamer Pauly: Fantastic win for the England cricket team but learn from the mistakes and shambles of the second Test.

Joy_unconfined: Champagne moment - Boycs calling Aggers a muppet!

We were embarrassed last week - Stokes

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Man of the match Ben Stokes speaking to TMS: "In terms of getting through the hard periods and cashing in at the end, it was very pleasing. To get a good score on the board was crucial as well."

On Moeen's match-winning moment: "As soon as it hit him on the pad it looked out. It was an obvious one to review and added to the drama at the end of the day. What a way to finish with a hat-trick. It was a pretty good feeling."

On bouncing back from defeat last week: "We take more away from how we feel as players in terms ofhow we play, so the comments in the media hurt but we were more embarrassed about how we did perform last week.

"That's totally forgotten now, as will this be when we build up to next week.

"We always look to play the same way, be positive, attack and make the right calls."

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South Africa's innings today was the first in Test cricket to include four 1st ball ducks

Man of the match

Ben Stokes is man of the match for his magnificent century, three wickets and three catches.

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Match ending Test hat-tricks: G Lohmann Eng v SA Port Elizabeth 1896 H Trumble Aus v Eng Melbourne 1902 M Ali Eng v SA Oval 2017

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Joe Hawke: How many times has a hat-trick won a Test match?

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Reg Regler: Moeen Ali you absolute beauty! So underrated. In my opinion, one of England's best current players.

Michael Wilde: Four days at The Oval, back in the office, 'popped out' for five minutes & miss the end of the match.

Moeen Ali
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England had to show resilience

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

The conditions on the first day with overhead cloud and lights on was the moment England had to play really well, they did so and set it up from there.

We are seeing a side that can construct a first innings in an old-fashioned way, show resilience. It's a great bounce back after an abject performance at Trent Bridge.

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Steve Bland: You know there must be an application issue when one guy gets 130-odd and no-one else gets past 32!

Peter Collins: In the defence of Rabada and Morkel, at least they attempted to play shots for their golden ducks!

Mason: So theoretically we could've declared at 74-1.

Dean Elgar looked as if he would never get out, the craggy left-hander making 136 from 228 balls, but finally he was the eighth wicket to fall. He has actually made four single figure scores in his last seven innings - and two fifties and now a hundred in the other three.

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Alec Stewart predicted on TMS this morning that the game would end at 2.15pm. Last wicket fell at 2.26pm. Not bad!

James Dwyer, Oxford

And here is the moment all young cricketers dream of, Moeen winning the Test match with a hat-trick. It was the third hat-trick ball of the innings and this one was successful, cue some superb celebrations.