Cricket: Moeen Ali joins England hat-trick club

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LONDON: Moeen Ali became just the 13th England cricketer to take a Test-match hat-trick when he ended the third Test against South Africa with three wickets in as many balls at The Oval on Monday.

The Worcestershire off-spinner’s treble saw him snare Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada with the aid of two slip catches by Ben Stokes at the end of his 16th over, before he had Morne Morkel lbw on review with the first ball of his next.

Morkel’s dismissal ended the match after lunch on the fifth day, with England winning by 239 runs to go 2-1 up in this four-Test series.

It was the first time in more than a hundred years that a Test had ended with a hat-trick, with Australia off-spinner Hugh Trumble the last bowler to finish a match at this level in similar fashion, against England at Melbourne in 1902.

Ali’s hat-trick was also the first in The Oval’s 100-Test history — which dates back to 1880 — and the first by an England spinner since Tom Goddard’s against South Africa at Johannesburg in 1938.

In all there have been 14 England Test hat-tricks, with paceman Stuart Broad — a current team-mate of Ali — having twice performed the feat.

England Test hat-tricks (season, player, opposition, venue):

1882/83 Billy Bates     v AUS     Melbourne
1891/92 Johnny Briggs   v AUS     Sydney
1895/96 George Lohmann  v RSA     Port Elizabeth
1899    Jack Hearne     v AUS     Headingley
1929/30 Maurice Allom   v NZL     Christchurch
1938/39 Tom Goddard     v RSA     Johannesburg
1957    Peter Loader    v WIS     Headingley
1995    Dominic Cork    v WIS     Old Trafford
1998/99 Darren Gough    v AUS     Sydney
2003/04 Matthew Hoggard v WIS     Barbados
2007/08 Ryan Sidebottom v NZL     Hamilton
2011    Stuart Broad    v IND     Trent Bridge
2014    Stuart Broad    v SRI     Headingley
2017    Moeen Ali       v RSA     The Oval

Match-ending Test hat-tricks (season, player, country, opposition, venue):

1895/96 George Lohmann ENG v RSA  Port Elizabeth
1901/02 Hugh Trumble   AUS v ENG  Melbourne
2017    Moeen Ali      ENG v RSA  The Oval

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Story first published: 31st July 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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