Man-of-the-match Ben Stokes, who caught two of Ali's hat-trick victims, had a good view when Morne Morkel fell lbw to complete the Worcestershire all-rounder's treble -- although England had to first review an original not out decision. "I can't believe it didn't get given out," said Stokes, who helped Ali start his hat-trick by catching Dean Elgar to end the opener's gritty 136. "Credit to Dean Elgar with the innings he played," added Stokes.
Great week! The perfect way to celebrate the Oval's 100th Test. pic.twitter.com/BzexjSQQ5t— Joe Root (@root66) July 31, 2017
#CSAnews #ENGvSA @deanelgar hits 8th ton before England clinch 239-run victory ... https://t.co/fNRItL3ooL pic.twitter.com/4lhVYt8vsy — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) July 31, 2017"It was a really gutsy hundred, we were glad to see the back of him." Meanwhile an elated Ali said of his hat-trick ball: "I was very confident it was out. "As soon as the ball left my hand I thought it was straight, and then when it hit the pad I was surprised the umpire (West Indies' Joel Wilson) initially didn't give it. "It was a great feeling. The match ball went straight into the pocket."
? @benstokes38: “I’ve never been involved in a hat-trick before! As a team performance, it was right up there” https://t.co/OXbE3UJecv pic.twitter.com/SZ5lpdSbFm — England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 31, 2017"We got stuck in and posted a very good score on a challenging wicket," said Root. As for his century Stokes, often troubled by accurate seamer Vernon Philander, admitted: "I had to work pretty hard, especially early on. "There were some difficult periods, with the wicket offering a bit, particularly for Vernon Philander, I lost count of how many times he beat the bat. "It's pleasing to get through those hard times." England responded to their Trent Bridge trouncing by selecting three debutants in their XI at The Oval, the south London headquarters of county side Surrey. One of those new caps was Toby Roland-Jones, a stalwart seamer on the other side of London's River Thames with Lord's-based Middlesex, the reigning English county champions.
The 29-year-old had an England debut to remember, returning match figures of eight for 129 and scoring 45 valuable late-order runs. "It has been draining at times, but to be a part of these last five days and to come out on top is obviously very rewarding," said Roland-Jones. "I couldn't be happier."
Behold..."The Moeena Lisa!"Think they are onto something @MoeenAli! pic.twitter.com/nKvZwuYGVT — England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 29, 2017
A golden debut that will be talked about for years. Watch the best of Toby Roland-Jones' dream day ?? https://t.co/yYcvNLNs33 #ENGVSA pic.twitter.com/XXN3J4nQVI — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 29, 2017