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Oval leaves Proteas blood­ied and bruised

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Dean El­gar 136 Who’s the lead­ing run-scorer in Test cricket this year? El­gar only knows one way, he doesn’t care that it looks unattrac­tive, no one should, be­cause it’s mighty ef­fec­tive. He copped a bar­rage in his mag­nif­i­cent sec­ond in­nings here – his fore­fin­ger is in se­vere pain, he has a bruised hip and both thighs are bruised as well. But he’ll carry those scars of bat­tle with pride. It was the third high­est score by a South African in the fourth in­nings of a Test. What El­gar, and this Proteas team des­per­ately need is a part­ner for him at the top of the or­der. Eng­land picked three for this Test, and two of them played in­flu­en­tial roles, with one, Toby Roland-Jones hav­ing the kind of start to his ca­reer most young kids only dream of. Tom West­ley seems to have solved the No 3 prob­lem – in the short term at least – even if it means Root’s fel­low York­shire­man Gary Bal­lance is side­lined. West­ley played very well in the sec­ond in­nings, al­though South Africa’s bowlers will want to ex­am­ine him more out­side his off-stump in Manch­ester. But he showed ex­em­plary pa­tience in the sec­ond in­nings as Eng­land built an unas­sail­able lead. Dawid Malan’s maiden Test will be re­mem­bered for Rabada’s epic first in­nings yorker. I THROW MY HANDS IN THE AIR: Moeen Ali cel­e­brates his hat-trick, which ended the third Test against South Africa in vic­tory for Eng­land, at The Oval yes­ter­day.

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