Friday, June 11th, 2021


Worcestershire Rapids captain Moeen Ali believes performing as a team rather than relying on individuals will be essential to Vitality Blast success.

Moeen says he is fully refreshed after a break from cricket and delighted to be part of the Rapids side for the first block of matches in the T20 competition.

He showed his class with figures of 2-15 from four overs as the Rapids fought back to tie with Notts Outlaws in Wednesday’s opening game at New Road.

But the England all-rounder believes everyone has a sizeable part to contribute as the Rapids prepare for Friday’s game with Northamptonshire Steelbacks at Wantage Road (7pm start).

He said, “Ben (Dwarshuis) and Ish (Sodhi) are two match-winners, one hundred per cent, and all I ask of the guys is to win me one or two games each, and we should be in a good position by then.

“I’m not asking too much. I don’t want ‘a leading wicket-taker or ‘a leading run-scorer. I just want us to perform as a team as much as we can.

“Northants are a very good side, one of the most dangerous sides around, and they have done quite well against us.

“But we can take a lot from Wednesday night and a lot of confidence going forward.”

Moeen says he is keen to play as much as possible after more than a month without any cricket since the IPL was temporarily put on hold.

He said: “We’ve got a game on Friday, another one on Sunday, but I love that.

“The more cricket I can have, the better. I’ve had such a break from cricket I just want to keep playing now.,

“Hopefully I can hit the rhythm with my batting. It’s good that I’m here from the start of the competition.

“I’m playing four or five games, and hopefully, that will give us a good little stint and give us confidence as we advance.

“I love coming back. It’s been a while. I love playing here. I love playing for Worcestershire, and I love this competition.”