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  1. England win by 177 runs - complete 3-1 series win
  2. England's first home series win over SA since 1998
  3. South Africa bowled out for 202 on fourth day
  4. Five wickets for Moeen, three for Anderson
  5. England 362 & 243: Moeen 75*, Morkel 4-41
  6. SA 226: Bavuma 46, Anderson 4-38

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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Man of the match, man of the series, man of the moment.

Moeen Ali finishes off South Africa again and the nation has a new favourite son. Watch the winning moment below.

Have a read of Stephan Shemilt's match report from Old Trafford

Up next for England is the Test series against the West Indies, starting on 17 August.

Until then.

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Root is becoming a natural captain - Bayliss

England head coach Trevor Bayliss on captain Joe Root's first Test series: "He has done fantastically well, you don't win a Test series 3-1 against South Africa very often.

"I think he showed a few nerves before the first match, and ahead of the second match he had a look at things he was doing.

"He is a natural batsman and I think he is turning into a natural captain."

On opener Keaton Jennings being selected against the West Indies: "Whether he plays or not, he is still an option to take to Australia. He's still in the running. If he doesn't play than he has the chance to play more matches before Australia."

Joe Root still out on the pitch at Old Trafford, signing autographs and taking selfies with those that have stayed back.

What a lovely chap.

'The psychology worked'

England head coach Trevor Bayliss: "What impressed me most today was the ability to win the last match of a series. The guys were really focused, knew the needed to win it and win series and we won it well.

"Anytime you lose it is a kick up the backside and it focused the guys. You can't complain about how they played in the last two Tests.

"We are lucky indeed that we have got three guys who do the all -rounders job very well. It gives us different options, with the ball especially, and it gives top line bowlers a rest."

On the performances of Moeen Ali: "I said I wanted him to be seen as a batter who could bowl a bit. The psychology worked!"

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

I've enjoyed the series thoroughly. I now give this message to England - do it more often, be consistent. Show this same resolve, hard work, spirit and determination when you're under the cosh. Take that spirit to Australia.

Talking of the Ashes...

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Test Match Special: "Broad and Anderson are relentless and our batting line-up wasn't strong enough for them. We've always had one bowler on a day who isn't consistent.

"When Hashim and myself were batting I thought we could get to the second new ball, which would have been tough. But then anything would have been possible. But to lose Hashim and then the cluster of wickets was disappointing.

"We know we are not the finished article, we're not where we need to be. We had a lot of inexperienced batters and the experienced batters didn't perform or come to the party.

"I think England could be Ashes winners. They have a balanced team."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England need to make sure they find a number two who can go to Australia. Jennings needs space away from this environment, the pressure, the scrutiny. Go back to Durham and make some runs.

I look at this England side and for three years it's frustrated me because they're so close to be so good. They had too much talent to lose like they did at Trent Bridge.

I'd expect to see Malan get a couple of Test matches against the West Indies to show what he can do.

They will win against them quite comfortably, the big challenge will be against Australia. Have they got enough strong batsmen to cope with the Aussie seamers?

'Hat-trick? I can't believe it'

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England's man of the series Moeen Ali on Test Match Special: "This series I have felt more consistent with bat and ball, especially ball. I felt good rhythm after the first game. I contributed with the bat a couple of times. In general, I'm very pleased.

"It doesn't matter what I'm labelled as, when we play one spinner, I'm the lead, if we play two then, depending on who it is, I may be second fiddle. But I have the experience in international cricket now and it's a good challenge.

"I was patient before I got my wickets today. My hat-trick at The Oval, to win the way we did, I felt was massive for my confidence. I still can't believe I have a hat-trick in international cricket."

'Keep asking questions'

South Africa's man of the series Morne Morkel: "I'll enjoy this champagne tonight... it was hard work.

"Personally you set some goals for the year and this was definitely one of them. I was pleased what I did with the ball. The most important thing is to keep asking questions. I've committed to hitting that fuller length and I have done that consistently.

"As soon as the ball went a bit softer it is important to get a fuller length consistently. I worked hard on that and hopefully it is something I can continue to do."

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

They took a lot of criticism at Trent Bridge but to respond like this and play fighting cricket, it was the key players who stuck their hands up.

England will be honest and say number two and five needs sorting out but, Joe Root in his first series in charge, to win 3-1, it's a tremendous effort.

We have seen some outstanding bowling, skill with some bat, traditional play and then modern batting. It's been good as a visual. I would have loved to have seen a close game.

I thought Root managed situation well during the Amla and Du Plessis partnership. He attacked with field settings, putting men around the back and he made Amla play a ball to the on side.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

England are couple of picks away from being a top, top side.

All pitches this summer have done bits and pieces but in Australia they will be flatter, where you will have to hand in.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Moeen being the second spinner is nonsense. He's number one spinner. Very rarely has he failed in that fourth innings with a score on the board. He nearly always delivers some kind of consistency.

England's player of the series, nominated by South Africa coach Russell Domingo "for his consistency with ball and for being devastating with bat", is Moeen Ali.

Who else?

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More from Joe Root on TMS: "Moeen looks like he is improving all the time, he works hard, he's found a role that fits him. He can now go to strength to strength, he's been outstanding this series.

"We need to make sure we continue to look to improve and are not just happy where we are at. There are big challenges ahead so we need to look at ways to get better.

"The thing about Keaton Jennings is that his mentality is outstanding, he's level headed, doesn't let a situation dictate terms. He would have loved to have scored more runs, he's a fine young man and a talented player so we will see what happens."

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England captain Joe Root, speaking to TMS: "I'm very pleased, a fantastic effort. A blip at Trent Bridge but we played great cricket in the series. A great place to start for the summer and to move on.

"We knew the target was a lot of runs and we set off brilliantly with the new ball. Amla and Du Plessis put us under pressure but it was about staying calm and trusting our plans."

South African player of the series, nominated by England coach Trevor Bayliss, is bowler Morne Morkel.

Moeen Ali has been named man of the match.

Well deserved.

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More from Anderson on TMS: "I enjoyed bowling throughout the series, I felt in good rhythm. The wickets have helped us as well. I'm delighted with my performances.

"Both sides have shown a ruthless streak in the wins they've had, but fortunately for us we have shown it a bit more."

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James Anderson speaking to Test Match Special: "It's an amazing win, we played really well through the game. We had some tough patches to get through. Bairstow's innings was crucial and Moeen in the second innings played brilliantly well, then finished it off with his bowling today.

"I'd like to say we were calm on the field today but the way the game has gone we knew it only takes one wicket and then you lose some in a cluster. We kept faith."

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'Brilliant Root'

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, speaking to Sky Sports: "Moeen Ali... what a series he has had. He has come on leaps and bounds as a cricketer. He bowled beautifully throughout the whole series."

England bowler Jimmy Anderson on winning the series at his home ground, where he has had a stand named in his honour: "It is amazing. We played really well this series. We had a slip up at Trent Bridge but generally we played good cricket.

"We showed where this team has come from and where we can go. We can still improve.

"Joe Root has done brilliantly since taking over as captain, he has taken to it like a duck to water and led us brilliantly."

Former England captain Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports says coaches should just let Moeen Ali go out and play, "a bit like with David Gower".

The smile on Gower's face when Hussain said that, beaming from one end of Old Trafford to the other.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England did well on day one, the batsmen applied themselves and hung in there. The breakthrough of Stokes gave South Africa some hope but when Bairstow took a grip on the second morning that was when it went in England's favour.

England have been very good indeed, batting first is the way they like to play. I like that there have been contributions from a lot of players. There are still questions at two and five.

And with the series win, England move up to third in the rankings above Australia.


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David Beckett‏: Moeen has been brilliant, but sometimes a spinner's best friend is a good slip catcher, and Stokes is the best since Botham.

ashic: Impressive win for England. And a nice five wicket haul for Moeen at the end. Well deserved.

Rory Stoves‏: Moeen doing what all great spinners do, taking us to victory in the final innings. Surely a shoe in for man of the match!

Ed Smith

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Moeen is the only man in a four-Test series to make 250 runs and take at least 25 wickets. I think he is a very valuable member of the team. The interesting thing about this Test match is that Bairstow, Moeen and Stokes were firing.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Well played England, thoroughly deserved it against a fairly strong South African team, who are number two in the world. For me, Moeen takes man of the match and probably man of the series.

Moeen Ali
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BreakingEngland win by 177 runs

All over. England win the series 3-1.

Five wickets for Moeen Ali.

New batsman Duanne Olivier nicks one to the bucket hands of Ben Stokes at first slip.


Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Start the coach, the bus, or even the plane! I think it's done. England deserve it, they have played well all summer apart from that hiccup at Trent Bridge. They have done very well.


Morkel c Root b Moeen 0 (SA 202-9)

Oh dear.

Morne Morkel lasts just one ball.

He tries to launch Moeen out of the ground, but it's a poor strike and finds Joe Root at mid on.

Looks like we are going home early. We were not thinking that at 16:00 BST, eh?

SA 202-8

Oof, what a shot. Maharaj skips down the track to Moeen and smashes one into the stand behind the England bowler's head.

That brings the 200 up for South Africa.

Alison Mitchell

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A great catch. Tom Westley showed all his athleticism and reactions. South Africa are now just clinging on.

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

Anderson has had great rhythm in this Test. When he's bowled, the seam really has come out his hand well.


Rabada c Westley b Anderson 2 (SA 195-8)

Well taken.

Anderson pounds in again and Rabada attempts an expansive drive, but it's hard towards Tom Westley, who takes it smartly above his head.

A good catch.

SA 195-7

Maharaj nudges his head towards his right shoulder, as though to say, 'what a cracking ball that is'. Jimmy Anderson misses the edge of his bat by the width of a cigarette paper.

Team-mate Ben Stokes grimaces and ruffles his hair in frustration.

Remembering Doug Insole

A few of you are asking why the England players are wearing black armbands. It's to remember former England and Essex cricketer and administrator Doug Insole who passed away yesterday. The crowd also paid their respects earlier.

Doug Insole

SA 194-7

England need three wickets

Maharaj playing some nice shots here, he might as well.

The South African takes aim and cracks the ball back over Moeen Ali's head for four. Lovely stuff.