Former England captain and iconic voice of cricket Nasser Hussain has recently been discussing his favourite moments of the 2017 summer in cricket, with all his top picks stemming from the same man, Moeen Ali.
The 30-year-old has had a fantastic summer with England, stepping his level of performance up even higher than his already top quality standard. Hussain in a Sky Sports Cricket column was asked what his best sporting moment of summer 2017 was. His response:
"I have gone for Moeen Ali - I could have gone for about 15 different Moeen moments because I think he has been the man of the summer for England," Hussain revealed.
"His hat-trick at The Oval, against South Africa, which was secured on review when he had Morne Morkel lbw is my moment."
Following on from this, Hussain stressed the importance of what Ali brings to Joe Root's side. In a time in which Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have really shed an unneeded negative light on England's cricket team, the performances of people like Moeen Ali have been sensational in keeping headlines relevant to the sport.
During a time in where Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have really shed an unneeded negative light on England's cricket team, the performances of players like Moeen Ali on the pitch have been mightily impressive.
This stunning display against South Africa was even more noteworthy as it was England's first hat-trick from a spinner since 1938-39 and Ali became the first to achieve this feat at The Oval.
The initial decision from the on-field umpire to deny Ali a hat-trick is one that still baffles Hussain.
He added: "I can't believe it wasn't given out initially. We panned to a lad in the crowd and he had his fingers crossed, so I thought that was a great moment."
Ali's hat-trick at The Oval was also incidentally only the third time in Test history that a win was sealed with a hat-trick. Ali ended the Test with a stupendous card of 25 wickets and 250 runs, thus giving great justification for Hussain's huge praise.
Moving forward, the "man of the summer" will surely be looking to take this form into England's Ashes tour against Australia and hopefully dispelling all negative notes that have clouded the Three Lions camp in recent weeks.
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