Moeen Ali is eager to secure England ODI spot

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Worcestershire and England cricketer Moeen Ali is desperate to impress the England selectors against Sri Lanka.

The tour of Sri Lanka and the Triangular series against India and Australia is the last chance selectors will have to see what squad to take to Australia and New Zealand for the Cricket World Cup which starts in February.


Ali looked in fine form with the bat when he featured in the last two one-day internationals ODI's against India in September, scoring 67 and 9. The all-rounder talking to said: "I can adapt to a few positions so I don’t mind at all (where I bat).

“I can bat three or seven, open, I can bat anywhere…I can bat 11 as well. I’ve been up and down the order. That doesn’t bother me too much, I’ll bat wherever."

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The Worcestershire player is heavily inexperienced for England in the ODI format and has only five caps to his name. However with an average of 35.00 and a bowling average of 23.00, it is evident that there are many more to come.

Alastair Cook's men travel to Sri Lanka on Sunday ahead of their first ODI in Colombo on Wednesday 26. England will be without the star bowling partnership of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as both have been ruled out with knee injuries. Ali however believes that the other seamers will profit from a bouncy surface.

Tricky wicket

The 27-year-old said:"I think it might do a little bit. It’s the monsoon season so it won’t be as dry and spinning as people think."

"I’ve played there a few times now. I played the Under-19s World Cup there, I played first-class out there and then with the Lions."

If the conditions and the wickets are as expected, then it would be a massive advantage for England as the wickets in Australia and New Zealand are renowned for being hard and bouncy, perfect in preparation for the World Cup. 

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