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Moeen delight at hitting elite double mark


By David Clough

Moeen Ali had a day to remember as he notched up 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in Tests as England assumed control against South Africa at Lord's.

The all-rounder scored 87 to help England to a first-innings total of 458 before he took two key wickets as the tourists closed the second day of the first Investec Test on 214 for five.

That made him only the seventh player from his country and second-quickest behind Tony Greig to reach the elite double benchmark. For good measure, he became the only man to round up the statistics in each column on the same day.

"I feel very grateful and pleased to have those stats," he said.

"When I started, if someone had told me I was going to have these stats, I would have bitten their hand off. It's a great feeling to do it on the same day at Lord's."

Moeen was able to produce some big turn which helped him to the key wickets of Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla.

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