Wednesday, February 13th, 2019


Moeen Ali finished as England’s leading wicket-taker in the three-match Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean to continue his ultra successful run with the ball in the long format of the game during the past six months.

The Worcestershire all-rounder ended the final game – a 232 run win at Gros Islet – with match figures of 36-5-135-7.

It left Moeen with 14 wickets from the series at an average of 23.85.

Only West Indies and former Worcestershire paceman Kemar Roach (18 wickets) managed to achieve more success than Moeen.

The 31-year-old has now taken 44 wickets in the eight Tests since he returned to the England side for the final games of last summer’s series versus India.

Ben Stokes and James Anderson were the next best against the Windies with ten victims apiece.

Moeen picked up three wickets on the fourth and final day after the West Indies had been set a 485 target.

Anderson (3-27) did the early damage as West Indies slumped to 31-4 and then Moeen chipped away at the middle to lower order.

Keeper Shane Dowrich (19) was undone by a delivery on the off stump line which he nicked to Stokes at slip.

Roach (29) was invited to drive by Moeen and was caught at cover by Mark Wood.

Alzarri Joseph (34) became Moeen’s third victim of the innings as he holed out to Anderson at mid on.

The West Indies were bowled out for 252 despite an unbeaten century from Roston Chase with Moeen’s final second innings figures being 21-1-99-3.