Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Moeen In Oval Squad After His Spin Inflicts More Misery On India

Moeen In Oval Squad After His Spin Inflicts More Misery On India

Moeen Ali has been included in the England squad for the fifth and final Investec Test with India at The Kia Oval on Friday after making another major contribution with the ball in an innings and 54 runs triumph at Emirates Old Trafford.

The Worcestershire all-rounder broke the back of the Indian second innings with a spell of 4-13 in 37 balls yesterday.

Moeen's off-spin has now brought him 19 wickets in the series as he followed up his 6-67 in the third Test at the Ageas Bowl with another match-winning burst.

His devastating spell began when he trapped Cheteshwar Pujara lbw with a ball of full length.

Moeen struck again in his next over when he held onto a fine return catch to dismiss Ajinkya Rahane.

He made it three wickets in three overs when Ravindra Jadeja pushed forward to a spinning delivery and edged to Chris Jordan at slip.

India were then 66-6 and Moeen picked up his fourth wicket when India skipper MS Dhoni came down the pitch and dragged the ball to mid-wicket where Gary Ballance clung onto a fine catch away to his right.

Then for good measure Moeen's throw from cover ran out Bhuvneshwar Kumar when attempting a risky second run.

India were eventually bowled out for 161 in 43 overs with Moeen finishing with 4-39 from 13 overs.


Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Sam Robson (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire) ,Ben Stokes (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).