Ali looks to replicate last season’s success in West Indies for England
Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali will be looking to recreate his impressive domestic form from last summer if he gets the nod to make his England debut next week.
Ali picked up the coveted FTI Most Valuable Player award last October after an outstanding season in which he shone with both the bat and the ball.
Over 2,000 runs in all competitions - including a career best 250 against Glamorgan in the LV= County Championship - helped him collect 600 ranking points and finish four points above Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel.
His contribution to the cause saw him catch the eye of the national selectors and led to his inclusion in the England Lions squad last summer, a place with the England Performance Programme this winter, and on the Lions tour of Sri Lanka earlier this month.
He’s now all set to be part of England’s limited-overs series in the West Indies and the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
In total, the New Road favourite scooped 71.53 batting points and 66.44 bowling points in last year’s Yorkshire Bank 40. In doing so, he ranked four places below fellow team-mate Daryll Mitchell who finished fourth.
He scored 368 runs at a strike rate of 116.64 - which included his brilliant 114 against his former county Warwickshire - as Worcestershire completed the season double over the Bears.
The left-hander earned a top ten finish in the Friends Life T20 FTI MVP table too after impressive batting displays bagged him 68.05 points. He also claimed 44.69 bowling points, with the highlight coming against eventual champions Northants when he took 5/34.
The FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game.
Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates in the FTI MVPs, bowling maidens and dismissing the top order, while batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.