At the ongoing England vs South Africa series something unusual happened which will now be written down with golden words in the history book of cricket. On one hand where the Oval ground marked its 100th Test, four South African batsmen, on the other hand, failed to even open their run account. Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel all four South African players fell prey to debutant fast bowler Toby Roland Jones and in-form right arm off spinner Moeen Ali respectively. This was the first time ever that four players got out on golden duck in Test innings. Moreover, Ali became the first bowler to end a Test match with a hat-trick. The last time such a feat was achieved was by Australian left arm spinner Lindsay Kline in 1958. Moeen is now the leading wicket-taker in the series with 18.
Meanwhile, England now leads the Test series 2-1. Despite a major work by Dean Elgar, who composed a defiant 136, Joe Root and his team defeated South Africa by another almighty margin – 239 runs. For South Africa, there was very little to cheer except the innings of Elgar. He was craggy and resolute in defence yet when he attacked he did so with a free and easy swing of the bat, which sent the ball speeding to the boundary 20 times.
Elgar seems to be the only batsman among the tourists at ease with himself at the crease. The others do not have much time to recover their confidence after such a disastrous performance with the fourth and final Test begins at Old Trafford on Friday.