Moeen Ali Believes England Can Lift the 2019 World Cup
England all-rounder Moeen Ali is positive about his team to lay hands on the coveted 2019 World Cup trophy in their own den, this time around.
To talk about England’s strength in the 50-over fold, they have clinched 41 wins in 54 ODIs, of late. Having the depth in the batting department, England as a team has settled with 126 rating points. However, India is four points away to sit at par with the Three Lions.
“We can say we were the best ODI side to play for England but without a trophy, it will be difficult to say that. England have come close and we feel now is the time. We don’t feel we have to win it, it’s more “this is the time to win it,” Moeen told Sky Sports.
Moeen Ali loves challenges:
In contemporary cricket, Ali has been remarkable across formats. Also, he missed being in the Test team in the last English summer.
“It hit me hard… it was disappointing. I felt like they were looking for someone else. I did need that break at the time but it spurred me on and I still had the belief. Things happen for a reason,” Ali said.
However, Ali has been productive with the results on his return since the fourth Test fixture against Virat Kohli-led India.
Thereon, he has bagged 32 scalps under his belt.
“Maybe if I’d been picked versus Pakistan I wouldn’t have bowled well but I came back against India fresh, scoring runs and taking wickets, and I felt at the top of my game,” Ali added.
Moeen Ali terms his side as ‘amazing’:
Ali has expressed satisfaction of the squad available for the Three Lions. So much so, the recent results in the 50-over format have pushed the case for England.
The 31-year-old left-handed batsman Ali stressed this is a curial year for the hosts.
“We are an amazing side but we know this year is massive for us,” Ali remarked.
With England yet to lift the coveted trophy after making it to the three finals of the ODI showpiece they have a chance to script history at home.
Concurrently, England led by Eoin Morgan is gearing up for the five-match One-day International series against hosts Windies.
The impending competition is the part of the preparations for the 2019 World Cup, starting on May 30.
Besides, the first match of the five-match series will kick off on February 20 (Wednesday) in Barbados.
Recently, England has received a thumping blow to slip to the fifth spot of the ICC Test Rankings, following the 2-1 series loss against the Caribbean. But, the off-spinning all-rounder Ali has been a highlight with 14 wickets in three matches.
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