England rise up the Test rankings following dominant series win over South Africa

ENGLAND have forced Australia into a Test rankings slide ahead of the Ashes following their dominant 3-1 series win over South Africa.

Captain Joe Root was proud of the way his side had come though periods of adversity after completing the series win at Old Trafford on Monday.

His first series as England captain ended with a convincing 177-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, lifting England to third on the ICC Test rankings and helping them leapfrog Australia, who slip to fourth ahead of a two-Test series against Bangladesh later this month.

South Africa, set a mammoth 380 to win, were bowled out for 202 shortly after tea on the fourth day.

Moeen Ali ended the match with two wickets in two balls, having finished off England’s 239-run third Test win at The Oval with a hat-trick.

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