Moeen Ali exclusive: ready to face world's best

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The in-form Moeen Ali has said he will not change his aggressive style for anybody as he is set to open the innings alongside Ian Bell for England in the opening match of the Tri-Series against Australia on Friday morning.

It will be the first opportunity for new One Day International captain Eoin Morgan to stamp his authority on the team and the Worcestershire all-rounder is expected to play a huge role in the fresh regime.

Ali has been a revelation for is country since making his debut in the Caribbean last February and has gone on to stabilise himself in the Test and ODI team although he recently admitted he takes nothing for granted and plays each game for his country as if it could be his last.


Despite that stance, the 27-year-old looks set to be a lynchpin of the England set-up for years to come and if they are to challenge in the upcoming World Cup Ali will have to play a key part in starting the innings off well and chipping in with wickets with his off-spin.

However, Peter Moores’ men are taking it one game at a time with the Tri-Series starting later this week. It is the perfect preparation as they face the top two ranked teams by the ICC as they tackle Australia and India in a guaranteed four games with a final to follow.

Morgan has already captained England in two warm-up games this week and has often stood in for former captain Alastair Cook or Stuart Broad in the T20 format so Ali says the team know what the Middlesex man is all about.

“I’ve played under Morgs in the T20 at Edgbaston and the ODI in Sri Lanka when Cooky was suspended. He’s a very good guy, very calm but so was Cooky to be fair. Morgy is different in terms of character so it will be interesting to see how it goes,” Ali told GiveMeSport.


“We all know Morgy well so it’s not like it will be a huge transition and most of us have played under him before. Everyone is comfortable around him so we can crack on straight away, his record as captain is fantastic.”

The tour of Australia and New Zealand comes soon after the seven match ODI series against Sri Lanka which England lost 5-2, despite an array of positives. The form of Chris Woakes, Joe Root, James Taylor and Ali himself was superb while Steven Finn continued his international comeback.

Even though the all action Ali performed with aplomb he exclusively told GiveMeSport he has to be selective as to who he takes advice from.

“I learnt a lot about myself in Sri Lanka to be honest, even when you don’t score many you have to stay as confident as you can. Take every ball, every minute and every game as very important.


“For me personally I have to be careful who I take advice from. Lots of people feed you stuff and you can sometime stake too much in.

“I didn’t surprise myself with my first over in Sri Lanka and people at Worcester would have expected that too because they know me quite well so for me I try to stay as true to myself as I can and not to change too much for anybody.

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“I want to play how I play and if it’s good enough then great but if not I don’t want to worry about it too much.

“With the style I play I’m going to play a bad shot every now and again and I always have done but I’ve also played innings where I’ve taken games away from teams pretty quickly so I play on instinct as much as I can.”


The former Warwickshire man’s instinct has already turned him into a fans favourite on an international level and he says he can’t wait to get the Tri-Series started.

“I’d definitely say Australia and India are the best two ODI teams in the world at the minute although I do think South Africa are very good side too. It’s going to be interesting and it’s great preparation for us to test ourselves against them so hopefully we can take some confidence out of that series before the World Cup.

“It’s also good for the team that Morgs has a series before the World Cup and for him personally, it’s a great chance to get some games under his belt as permanent captain before the main tournament starts.”

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