"Confidence has gone up", Moeen Ali after ODI win

 . Last updated on January 16, 2018, 4:32 PM
Moeen Ali took down a wicket for 39 runs in the recent ODI victory against Australia.

Moeen Ali, England all-rounder and a match-winner in several occasions, is trying to get away off his recent blues. In the recent Ashes series, Ali could score only 40 as his highest score. He bowled a total of 115 balls to take down only five wickets. Such woeful contribution added up to England’s defeat in the series by a massive 4-0. The player, in fact, struggled with his arm injury throughout the series. At this point, England selectors could have made a decisive stance to rest him, but there was lack of options in the squad. After a troubled series the top all-rounder accepted that “trying to perform the best you can but it’s not happening”, is the “most disappointing thing” for him.

England had a change of fortune backed by a change of form in the latest ODI. The team ran over Australia scaling one of the record chases. England won the first ODI five wickets and seven runs to spare chasing down a 300 plus target. In the match, Ali took a single wicket for 39 runs. Against this backdrop, the team is feeling the change of format as a good opportunity to change its form as well.

Per Ali, moving to a different format called for a change of pressure, which lessened. He said, the player’s confidence has “gone up” and he hopes it will keep on growing. England’s prime thrust in the recent match was from Jason Roy. The opener knocked 180 as the highest ODI score by an England batsman.

Ali said the match has been refreshing as the attitude of players was different. Also, ODI gave the team a different sort of cricket. Ali said, if Jason Roy bats the way he did in the match, England will win any ODI in the world. The batsman said he wants to experience and improve his cricket, joining tournament like IPL. Per the top batsman is a good opportunity to play with other players in the world.


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