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Monday, July 31, 2017

Moeen Ali Joins England Hat-trick Club

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 July 31,2017

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.

Morne 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 teammate of Ali — having twice performed the feat.

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