Moeen Ali has said it would be a dream come true to be making his test debut at the home of cricket - Lords Cricket Ground.
Previously, Ali had only been a part of England's T20 and ODI squads but was waiting for a test call-up, the format, which I feel, is his strength.
He told ecb.co.uk: “I’m chuffed to bits to get the call and I’m ready to go. Everyone wants to play Test cricket and especially if you make your debut at Lord’s. It doesn’t get better than that. I’m really, really chuffed.
“I am really looking forward to the environment and it is a place I enjoy.”
Moeen has been scoring heavily for Worcestershire (bagging 162 in his recent inning) especially since the last two years or so. Of course, it'd be challenge for him to do well on the international level but he says he's ready for it.
"To hit a bit of form a week before the Test series is nice,” he said.
“I am pretty confident. I will bat wherever they ask me. I have just got to prepare and I am ready to be called upon when the time comes. I have batted in various positions for Worcester.”
He has played the role of a front-line spinner for his county and his expected to play a similar role for England too.
Moeen said: “It is something I thrive off. At Worcester I have been the main spinner for the last two or three years.
“I enjoy the responsibility. As long as I work hard and prepare well, I will be ready for the task. I feel like I can do a good job.”
Ali had a lot of praise for his current county Worcestershire, his former county Warwickshire, as well the director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, who, Ali believes supported him a lot.
He added: “Not just Worcestershire, Warwickshire as well. They gave me the opportunity by signing me up as a kid and then I went to Worcester.
“Worcester really showed confidence in me and always backed me, especially the coach Steve Rhodes. He has always given me confidence and I am grateful to a lot of people.
"Hopefully I can perform for them.”
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