England vs South Africa 2017, 4th Test: Day 3, 5 talking points

Ottis Gibson, with Stuart Broad is in his second stint as England's bowling coach

England and Wales Cricket Board has denied any approach made by their counterparts Cricket South Africa on appointing former West Indies pace bowler as their new head coach.

Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who became the 15th England batsman to be out one short of his century, added 50 runs for the final wicket in alliance with Anderson, helped England post 362 in their first innings.

Morne Morkel struck twice with the new ball in a hostile eight-over spell, as South Africa battled to stay in contention on the third day at Old Trafford after conceding a first-innings deficit of 136 in the fourth Investec Test.

He was fortunate to be dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar at slip off Maharaj but, with that let-off behind him, went on to bring up a fifty with a towering six that was caught on the players' balcony by a beaming Bairstow.

Despite being set for a morale-boosting Test victory over South Africa, selectors will be anxious about the batting line-up with just three Tests against a depleted West Indies to come before they travel to Australia for the biggest Test series of them all against Australia.

"I think it was my best (innings for England) in terms of trying to take momentum and putting pressure back on them", Moeen said. "But I just want that last wicket, I don't care who gets it", said the 35-year-old.

With Russell Domingo's current deal to lead the Proteas running out at the end of the current series against England, the highly-regarded Gibson has emerged as the front-runner to take over.

Rabada removed Toby Roland-Jones (11) and Moeen lofted Maharaj over midwicket for another maximum to further underline England's position of strength before the rain that had threatened since lunch finally arrived.

At 131-3, South Africa was showing signs of progress with Bavuma and Du Plessis, but Anderson ended it in the space of three balls. With this, Olivier dismissed Root in both the occasions in the match.

Theunis de Bruyn tried to drive a full-length delivery from Anderson but was undone by the movement and edged to England skipper Joe Root at second slip. He had gotten rid of Alastair Cook several times in the series and did it yet again at Old Trafford in the second innings, eking out an outside edge with a fuller ball.

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