All-rounder Moeen Ali has admitted he felt he had let the team down during the Ashes.
England suffered a 4-0 series loss and Ali struggled with both the bat and the ball.
Ali played as England’s first choice spinner, could only manage to achieve an average of 19 with the bat and 115 with the ball.
And after analysing his own performance in the series, the 31-year-old knows he should have contributed more for the team and the fans.
“I feel I did not perform and I feel like I let the team down, the fans down,” he said, per The Mirror.
“That was the most disappointing thing for me. It was my biggest fear.
“It’s not that you are not scoring runs or not getting wickets. It’s just that you feel as an individual you are letting your team-mates down.
“It has been a very tough tour and when your confidence is low, you are trying to perform the best you can but it’s not happening it is disappointing.
“When you lose a bit of confidence in your own game sometimes you try harder and it can be that the harder you try the worse it gets.
“That’s what was happening. You try everything – different approaches going into bat, be positive, but nothing really came off and like I said the harder I tried the worse it was getting.”
The current One-Day series, though, has lifted a weight off his shoulders and with the IPL auction ten days from now, a bout of white-ball cricket might be exactly what Ali needs.
“It’s pretty difficult to get away from it and you start doubting yourself as a player,” Ali complained.
“The thing that you have to realise though is that bad performances don’t make you a bad player.
“It really comes from inside yourself. People can say whatever they want but it’s you that has to really believe in yourself and sometimes that’s difficult to do.
“It was nice to move to a different format of the game because the pressure is less, if that makes sense.”
Ali hit the winning runs during the first match of the ODI series against Australia and is expected to feature again when the teams meet in Brisbane on Friday.
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