Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Moeen Ali Commits To England Tour Of Bangladesh

Moeen Ali Commits To England Tour Of Bangladesh

Moeen Ali has said he will "definitely go" to Bangladesh for Engand's winter tour if chosen by the selectors.

The tour was given the green light last week after an ECB delegation led by head of security Reg Dickason carried out a security review following a terrorist attack in Dhaka in July.

England's players were briefed by Dickason and have to decide whether they want to travel but Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen has already made his mind up.

He said: "If selected, I'll definitely go. I'm pretty happy with everything and really looking forward to it. For me, even before the meeting with Reg, I was happy to go.

"Everyone is different and has their own views on things – and as a team, you back other's decisions.

"I'm happy to go. It's up to the individual. There's no pressure on anyone. It's up to that person and how he feels.

"My view is you're not safe anywhere these days. I think you can be anywhere and still not safe. I totally understand, and I back every decision people make."

Moeen is relishing the challenges he will have to combat on the pitches in Bangladesh with England playing three ODIs and two Tests ahead of the tour of India.

He said: "I've been a few times, five or six times. The wickets are different there. The conditions are very different. "I'm going to have to adapt with my bowling. Hopefully when I get out there I'll adapt pretty quick."

But before then Moeen and his team-mates are looking to complete a 5-0 ODI whitewash of Pakistan in Cardiff tomorrow.

He said: "We've got a great chance to get this whitewash. It would be a massive achievement. It just shows how good this side is and the way we're going.

"Over the last year or so, we've got three of our highest scores. We've got the personnel in the side, with guys like Ben Stokes who are the heart-beat of the team. We love the playing the way we are.

"We've got players who can take bowling apart, but also, when there is a bit of a wobble like the other day, guys like Stokesy and Jonny (Bairstow) had to play smart but were still positive and in the end, we cruised to victory. "