Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Moeen Keen To Open For England On Regular Basis

Moeen Keen To Open For England On Regular Basis

Moeen Ali has indicated he would like to open the batting for England on a permanent basis as he prepares for tomorrow's second Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

The Worcestershire all-rounder was promoted from number eight to open alongside Alastair Cook in the first Test in Abu Dhabi and scored 35 as part of a century stand.

Moeen made 11 in the second innings as England fell just short of an unlikely victory as bad light ended proceedings.

The 28-year-old said: "It would be good for the team if I can do that (open the batting) – for the balance of the side.

"You could always play two spinners.

"In the first innings I really enjoyed it. It was a little bit slow but I felt it was about getting the team off to a good start after Pakistan had got 500-plus.

"It was great to come off the field and go straight out to bat.

"My role is to score runs at the top of the order, get the team off to a good start and then hopefully bowl the opposition out.

"I just want to keep giving England a good start, which is really important here."

Moeen and leg-spinner Adil Rashid returned combined figures of 0-284 in the first innings in Abu Dhabi, but shared seven wickets in Pakistan's second innings.

Moeen said: "We grew up together and we are a similar age but it's about doing a job for England.

"With the one-dayers in the summer we kind of got used to it a little bit but it's nice to have another spinner, just so we can speak to each other and rub off each other a little bit."

Moeen hopes to see more pace in the wicket in Dubai.

He said: "It would be nice in terms of my bowling. Batting would be tougher but I don't mind that and it would be good for the game and good for the people watching."