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Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid give England a solid base

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England, for many years have been crying out for spinners who can win them games. 

Have they finally found that pairing?

Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have become integral parts to England's one-day side within a matter of a few games at this level. The pair took 5-73 for their allotted 20 overs as England claimed an impressive 93-run victory against the World Champions Australia. 

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Rashid provides his skipper Eoin Morgan with a viable wicket taking option as his front line spinner. Captains now realise containment isn't the way in modern one-day cricket, taking wickets throughout the allotted 50 overs is the only way to restrict. 

Ali is similar but only when conditions allow him to be as aggressive with ball in hand. Old Trafford is renowned for pace, carry, bounce and most importantly turn. Both spinners took advantage of what some regard the 'best' international wicket in England.

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This pair are pivotal to England's future success, especially with tours to the UAE later this year and then the T20 World Cup in India in 2016 where conditions might even require three spinners for a game. 

England set an impressive 301 for Australia to win after James Taylor scored his maiden hundred for England in ODI colours, scoring 101 off 114 balls. It was a measured innings as Taylor anchored his sides 50 overs leading them to the key ODI mark off 300. 

It wasn't quite straight forward for England's batting however, Alex Hales looked just a bit out of sorts, Ben Stokes looks like he could do with a rest and England lack 'finishers' if that side is anything to go by for future squads and tours. 

As much as his bowling impressed yesterday Ali quite simply isn't a 'finisher' in the modern game, his style is much more suited to the top order where he can play his natural game of good hard proper cricket shots. 

Finishers require the ability to hit the ball to the boundary regardless of where the ball is pitched. 

Sam Billings and David Willey most certainly have this ability and are two talents that should be promoted and nurtured to thrive at this level.

David Willey not only has massive talent with the bat but has shown in the 20/20 side that his bowling is certainly ready for the big stage and a left armer is just what England need, adding variety to a somewhat repetitive seam attack. 

England need these finishers, as their innings stuttered yesterday especially inside the last ten where carnage normally prevails. Also if Australia had batted better and England's spin duo hadn't bowled as well as they did England would surely have lost this series under the lights at Old Trafford.

There are many positives for English cricket this summer and fans can clearly see the progress, but don't be lured in fully just quite yet. England still require a couple more match winners to finally become World Champions. 

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