England's Moeen Ali Completes All-Rounder Test 'Double'

Updated: 07 July 2017 21:44 IST

Moeen Ali became the fifth-quickest player in terms of matches played to do the Test 'double' of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets when he completed the feat against South Africa at Lord's on Friday.

England's Moeen Ali Completes All-Rounder Test 'Double'
Moeen Ali became the fifth-quickest player to score 2000 runs and take 100 wickets © AFP

Moeen Ali became the fifth-quickest player in terms of matches played to do the Test 'double' of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets when he completed the feat against South Africa at Lord's on Friday. Worcestershire's Ali, started the second day of the first Test with 1988 runs and 98 wickets at this level. The left-handed batsman took care of the first part of the 'double' by extending his overnight 61 not out into a dashing 87 in England's first innings 458. Primarily a batsman, until England deployed him as more of an off-spinner, the 30-year-old Ali has often been criticised for not being a 'front-rank' bowler.

Yet on Friday, he produced a sharply turning off-break to have star batsman Hashim Amla lbw for 29.

Ali then removed South Africa captain Dean Elgar, who had been holding the innings together, for 54 when the opener was caught off bat and pad by Gary Ballance at short leg.

Elgar's exit left the Proteas in trouble at 98 for three.

It also meant Amla had done the 'double' in his 38th Test, with only the late Tony Greig, who took 37 matches, achieving the feat in fewer fixtures for England.

Fastest players to Test double of 2,000 runs and 100 wickets (matches, player, country):

31 Shakib Al Hasan (BAN)

36 Trevor Goddard (RSA)

37 Tony Greig (ENG)

37 Keith Miller (AUS)

38 Moeen Ali (ENG)

39 Vinoo Mankad (IND)

42 Ian Botham (ENG)

Topics : South Africa England Moeen Munir Ali Lord's, London Cricket
Highlights
  • Moeen Ali dismissed Deal Elgar and Hashim Amla
  • Moeen Ali is a off-spinner playing for England
  • Moeen Ali started the second day with 1988 runs and 98 wickets
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