Moeen Ali, England’s unlikely bowling hero in the Tests and all-rounder also made an impact with the bat at Edgbaston in his first One-Day International (ODI) of the series and has also admitted that he learnt a lot by watching and observing Indian batsmen from the sidelines.
On the eve of the final ODI match at Headingley on Thursday, Ali said “Sitting on the sidelines for the first two games, watching the way Indians bat, watching someone like Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he did. You can learn a lot from the way they approach it, with no fear and just back themselves to play their shots. If there is a risk, they just take it. Sometimes it doesn’t come off but as a team if we can all do that and execute the plan like I say then we will be fine,”
With England losing the fourth ODI by a margin of 9 wickets, India took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and won the series with 2 matches in hand. Moeen Ali who helped England gain some respect, with his innings of 67 runs from 50 balls, while batting first in Birmingham, still believes that the team has the hunger to win.According to Ali There’s still a lot to play for. A lot of the players are still playing for places in Sri Lanka. To win the game for England is important. According to him, Alastair Cook trying to get them to stick together, work hard and execute the plan.
Despite calls for Cook’s ouster as ODI captain getting louder, Ali insists that the left-handed opener has the backing of team members to lead them in the 50-over version.Cook answered back his critics with England’s 3-1 Test series win against India but former players and pundits are back at the captain after the hosts’ disastrous showing in the ODIs.
Ali’s knock, laced with 4 fours and 3 sixes, was England’s first fifty in the ongoing ODI series and the left-handed batsman is just happy to contribute for the team.
“I was just going and trying to get a score for the team, play how I play and mot fear anything or anyone, just enjoy batting, put bat to ball, try and be different, go out and accelerate a little bit and thankfully everything came off that day,” he said.
After 3 straight losses post the first washed-out game at Bristol, England will surely be looking for a win before the one-off T20.