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It had been 79 years since an England spinner last took a hat-trick in Test cricket, before Moeen Ali finished South Africa off with three in three balls.

Tom Goddard was the last to do so, in 1938, against South Africa at Johannesburg. Johnny Briggs (1892) and Billy Bates (1883) complete a quartet of England spinners to have achieved the feat.

It was the first Test hat-trick at The Oval after 99 matches without.

There were three hat-trick chances in the second innings, with Ben Stokes and Toby Roland-Jones both taking two wickets in two balls.


Years since a Test match last finished with a hat-trick.

George Lohmann (England v South Africa, 1896) and Hugh Trumble (Australia v England, 1902) also claimed match-winning hat-tricks.


Ben Stokes hit three consecutive sixes in his first-innings knock at The Oval - taking him from 91 to 109 – bringing up his fifth Test century.


The number of golden ducks in South Africa’s second innings at The Oval. Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel all fell to their first nut. It was the first time in Test cricket that an innings has seen four first-ball dismissals.


Only three players have taken five-fors and hit more than one six on debut.

Toby Roland-Jones became the third, claiming a five-for in the first innings and hitting three sixes at The Oval. New Zealanders Tim Southee and Bruce Taylor complete the trio.


The number of innings that it took Cheteshwar Pujara to score 4,000 Test runs. The India No.3 passed the milestone on his way to 133 against Sri Lanka at Colombo – his 13th Test hundred.

Rahul Dravid, Joe Root and David Warner all reached 4,000 runs in the same number of innings.


The figure of forecast revenue-share all male, female, domestic and international players will receive as part of Australia’s cricketers new pay deal, that is 30 per cent of a forecasted $1.67 billion.

Female player payments will increase from $7.5 million to $55.2 million.

The pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association has finally been resolved, ending fears that the Ashes tour would not go ahead.