Friday, September 5th, 2014

Moeen Double Strike Helps England Win One-Day Clash At Headingley

Moeen Double Strike Helps England Win One-Day Clash At Headingley

Moeen Ali struck twice with the ball to help England end the Royal London One-Day International Series with a 41 run success over India at Headingley.

The Worcestershire all-rounder, who scored his maiden Test century on the same ground against Sri Lanka, dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina during an eight over spell of 2-34.

Moeen was hit for six over mid-wicket by Dhawan in his second over but three balls later bowled the same player for 31 after he attempted a slog sweep to leave Inda on 49-3.

The 27-year-old also broke through in his sixth over when Raina on 18 went back to cut and edged through to Jos Buttler who took a sharp catch at 91-4.

A century from Joe Rott enabled England to set India a 295 target and they were dismissed for 253.

Moeen had been dismissed for nine after being promoted to number three in the England batting line-up.

He had moved up from number seven after his sparkling 67 off 50 balls in the previous ODI at Edgbaston.

He started in the same vein with a couple of handsome boundaries through the cover region off paceman Umesh Yadav.

But Moeen's innings ended after only eight deliveries when he slashed at a widish delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and was caught at third man by Yadav with England then 39-2

Moeen had admitted in the build-up to today's game that he is not above trying to emulate successful opposition tactics having seen Suresh Raina seize the initiative with a brutal hundred in Cardiff and since which India have not looked back.

He said: "Watching the Indians bat, you can learn a lot from the way they approach it. They play with no fear. If there is a risk, they just take it.

"Watching someone like Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble – and he came out … took a few risks and they came off.

"He backed himself. I tried to copy it a little a bit, (in Birmingham). It's something I always go back to if things do a get a little bit (difficult).

"I just think 'go out and play, you know, who cares' – take the pressure off myself and enjoy playing international cricket for my country.

"It's something I go back to a lot and probably should do all the time.

"Take it to them – there is no point in being the same and getting out the same way all the time.

"I'd rather get caught on the boundary or stumped trying to do something than knock it around all the time."

Moeen has also given his backing to captain Alastair Cook who is coming under increased media pressure over his and England's ODI performances.

He said: "As a professional cricketer, we all know that form does have a dip, You have got to try and stay confident, even though it is hard and keep each other going.

"But he is determined to do well for the team and for himself, and we're hoping he will come off for the team tomorrow.

"He has been the same since day one. I have never met a more mentally strong person than Alastair … to go through what he is doing and still be the same day in day out.

"I can imagine that it is very tough, but I know he will come good.

"It's taking a bit of time. But I'm sure once we get one (win) it will all come, like the Test series did."