Birmingham-born Ali is one of the game's best all rounders.

Moeen Ali shocks fans with unusual bowling technique

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Moeen Ali kept fans guessing on Tuesday night when he decided to take a wicket in a rather unusual way.

Thirty one-year-old Ali is renowned for being one of the games best all-rounder players, and is also well-known for his distinctive spin-based bowling style. 

Much to the delight of many fans on Twitter, however, Ali decided to break away from his usual method against Yorkshire on Tuesday night.

Running up to bowl in his usual manner, Ali then caught the opposition by complete surprise by opting for a medium pace bowl, which was promptly flicked on by the batsman and caught out. 

Despite the humour of the moment - and the reaction it drew from fans on social media - the moment did little to lighten the mood for Worcestershire, on a day which saw a series of unexpected errors lead to Yorkshire ending the day ahead. 

Having added an additional 21 runs, to be bowled out for 340, Worcestershire started well, and managed to put the pressure on their opponents at 193-7.

But, after losing pace man Josh Tongue after the interval, Gary Ballance and Jack Brooks capitalised on the dampened spirits of Ali's teammates, and registered an impressive 203 runs in the final session. 

Indeed, the 203 runs registered by the pair surpassed Yorkshire's previous ninth-wicket best against Worcestershire of 150, set by Matthew Hoggard and Azeem Rafiq on the same ground - New Road - in 2009.

Former captain Ballance has ended the season in stunning form, having previously batted 104 against Nottinghamshire, as well as an impressive 85 against bitter rivals Lancashire at Headingley - which effectively saw their rivals go down. 

Brooks, who is set to join rivals Somerset at the end of the season, finally went in the second to last over of the day, having batted 82 - the second highest score of his career to date. 

Ali, who has previously been named one of Wisden Cricketer's Almanack cricketers of the year, scored 60.

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