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England ends home drought against SA
MANCHESTER --- Moeen Ali fin-
ished South Africa off --- with bat
and with the ball --- as Joe Root led
England to a long-awaited home
series win over the Proteas in his
first assignment as captain.
Offspinner Ali took 5-69 to settle
the fourth and final test yesterday,
giving England a 177-run victory at Old
Trafford, a 3-1 series win, and ending
a 19-year drought at home against
It was England's second successive
series win over South Africa after win-
ning in South Africa 18 months ago,
but South Africa had been defiant in
England since 1998 and had ended
the reign of three previous England
Root began his reign by conquering
Ali played two pivotal parts in the
series-clinching victory, first hitting
a flamboyant 75 not out in England's
second innings to ensure the lead was
out of South Africa's reach.
He then broke a 123-run stand be-
tween Hashim Amla (83) and Faf du
Plessis (61), seeing off South Africa's
last bit of fight with the first of his
five quick wickets on Day 4. Having
made the breakthrough, Ali sent Eng-
land surging to victory with plenty of
time to spare as the last seven South
Africa wickets fell for 39 runs in just
over 12 overs.
England set South Africa 380 to win,
and bowled the tourists out for 202 in
their second innings soon after tea.
In its first series under Root, England
was ultimately convincing in three of
the four tests, with its only wobble
coming in a heavy defeat in the second
match at Trent Bridge.
Having won by 211 runs in the open-
er at Lord's, England responded to the
defeat in Nottingham --- and questions
over Root's young leadership --- with
dominant victories at The Oval and
"We've had to overcome different
challenges but the way we've played
as a unit, especially in these last two
games, we've been brilliant," Root said.
"Lots of hard work to do in the future,
but, yeah, great series."
The end, and Ali's five-for, came
quickly as South Africa's last hopes
went when the stand was broken with
the departure of Amla, lbw on review
to England's offspinning allrounder.
Ali removed Quinton de Kock and
Theunis de Bruyn in the space of three
balls in his next over, and sealed victory
by claiming the final two wickets of the
test in successive balls.
Twice Ali changed the momentum
of the game, breaking the Amla-Du
Plessis resistance and, a day earlier, re-
sponding to England's second-innings
struggles with his boundary-filled 75
off just 66 balls. Before Ali's entrance,
England was in some trouble at 129-5
and then 153-7.
Ali was part of partnerships that
added 109 runs to England's lead in that
second innings, and then changed the
course of the last day as South Africa
went from 163-3 to 173-6 in the space
of 17 balls.
With that, the Proteas were all but
Chapecoense crash survivor
returns to pitch at Barcelona
BARCELONA --- Eight months af-
ter surviving the plane crash that
killed most of his Chapecoense
teammates, Alan Ruschel played
his first minutes of football yes-
terday, when his Brazilian club
met Barcelona in a friendly.
Ruschel and two teammates were
the only Chapecoense players to not
perish when the team's flight went
down in Colombia last year, killing
all but six of the 77 players, officials
and journalists on board.
All three were on the pitch on Mon-
day in an emotional night at Camp
Nou that was more about overcoming
the tragedy that had decimated their
club than about facing Lionel Messi's
Barcelona eased to a 5-0 win, but
the result mattered little to the play-
ers, coaches, or fans.
Ruschel wore the captain's arm-
band for Chapecoense during the
36 minutes he played before being
substituted. He received a standing
ovation from the crowd, which he re-
turned by applauding with his hands
held high as he slowly walked to the
Before the match Ruschel wrote on
Instagram: "Today is the new begin-
ning of my professional career."
He said he would play the match
"for all those who supported me, for
those who I lost, for my friends, my
The crowd had already saluted the
Chapecoense players as their names
were called before the match. Barce-
lona midfielder Andres Iniesta wel-
comed the visitors, telling the stadium
that "today is a very special night."
Jackson Follmann and Helio Zamp-
ier Neto, the only other Chapecoense
players to survive the crash, shared in
a moving honorary kickoff.
Follmann, who had part of his right
leg amputated from injuries in the
crash, was wearing a prosthetic leg
when he took the kickoff along with
Neto. Neto, who played in the friendly,
accompanied Follmann to the bench
as they both received another wave
The game, for the Joan Gamper
trophy, is Barcelona's traditional
curtain-raiser for the new season.
It was also Barcelona's first match
since the departure of Neymar for
Paris Saint-Germain for a world-re-
cord fee of 222 million euros ($262
million) last week.
Gerard Deulofeu, a product of Bar-
celona's youth academy whom the
club bought back this summer from
Everton, took Neymar's vacant spot
in the attack alongside Messi and Luis
Deulofeu got off to a good start
by opening the scoring in the sixth
minute. After Sergio Busquets struck
from long range, Deulofeu set up Mes-
si for the third goal near the half-hour
mark. Luis Suarez and Denis Suarez
scored in the second half. (AP)
South Africa's Duanne Olivier, right, is caught by England's Ben Stokes, 2nd
left, as England win the test match during day four of the Fourth Test at
Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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