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Moeen Ali wants England to fight for a win

Moeen Ali wants England to fight for a win
Moeen Ali scored a crucial 61 for England on day three of the fourth Test in Centurion.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has urged his team to push for victory in the ongoing fourth Test against South Africa in Centurion after they conceded a 133-run first innings lead on day three.

From 208 for three, England slipped to 252 for seven, but a steady fifty from Ali pushed the first innings total to 342. 

The damage was done by Kagiso Rabada who produced a seven-wicket haul and pushed England on the back foot by taking regular wickets.

Ali admitted that even though England's performance on day three was disappointing, they will try to push for a win in the remaining two days.

“We’re disappointed at the moment but we know there are two important days coming up and we have to be ready.

“We are still going to be positive and try to get something out of this game.

“We’re a side that have got bowlers who can win us a game, as we saw last week at the Wanderers.

“Hopefully we can do that again.” 

With two of the finest bowlers in James Anderson and Stuart Broad in their lineup, Ali urged the England bowlers to attack the South African batsmen on day four.

“We have to attack them when they come into bat and try bowl them out as quickly as we can.

“We’ve got two of the best bowlers I’ve ever played with.

“We saw at the Wanderers what Broady [Stuart Broad] can do and we obviously know what Jimmy [Anderson] can do.” 

The pitch at the SuperSport Park on day three had inconsistent bounce with plenty of balls keeping low and a few kicking off from a good length.

This was evident from the dismissal of Nick Compton who was trapped lbw by Rabada with a delivery that barely bounced and hit him low on the pads.

Ali felt that batting fourth on the pitch in Centurion will be a tough task but remained confident of the batsmen putting up a good performance. 

“There’s a lot of cracks in it.

“For someone like Ben Stokes, that’s probably not going to play on his mind too much.

“He’ll just play how he plays, but for some batters it might.

“You just have to deal with it and do your best.

“Obviously, it’s going to be tough.

“There’s a bit of up and down movement and a bit of spin as well.

“But that’s actually good for us going into the first session looking to get the wickets we need.”

By stumps on day three, South Africa had posted 42 for one in their second innings taking their lead to 175 runs with Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla batting at the crease.

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