Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Another Half Century For Moeen Against Prime Minister’s Xi

Another Half Century For Moeen Against Prime Minister’s Xi

Moeen Ali continued his impressive start to 2015 with another half century for England in their Tri-Series warm-up match against a Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.

The Worcestershire all-rounder was again in aggressive form in smashing 71 off just 49 balls with a strike rate of 144 at the Manuka Oval.

It followed on from his 50 against an Australian Capital Territory XI at the same venue 48 hours earlier.

Moeen shared in a stand of 113 in 14.5 overs with his new opening partner Ian Bell.

He was the dominant partner and twice picked up three boundaries in an over at the expense of Simon Macklin and Jason Behrendorff.

Moeen brought up his half century off only 29 deliveries with nine boundaries.

He eventually fell to Glenn Maxwell after striking 14 fours in total – and the foundations were set for another sizeable England total.

Bell went onto make a superb 187 from 145 balls with three sixes and 20 fours and James Taylor 71 as England amassed 391-6 in their 50 overs.

Moeen came into the attack as the sixth bowler in the 19th over – and struck with his fifth delivery.

Peter Handscomb (16) attempted to cut a widish delivery and played on to leave the Prime Minister's XI 135-3 off 19 overs at that juncture.

Maxwell, who played for Hampshire against Worcestershire in the LV = County Championship at New Road last season, was in typically aggressive form and hit 136 off 91 balls.

England eventually triumphed by 60 runs as the PM X1 were dismissed for 331 in 48.1 overs. Moeen finished with figures of 1-60 from nine overs.

England will face Australia in the opening TrI-Series match in Sydney on Friday.