Moeen Ali has called England to show no mercy

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Moeen Ali is calling on England to "put the foot on the throat" against Australia at The Oval next week, as they seek to wrap up a 4-1 Investec series success.

England regained the Ashes at Trent Bridge - crushing the tourists in little more than two days, by an innings and 78 runs, to add to a resounding victory too at Edgbaston the previous week.

Alastair Cook's team could become England's first to win four home Ashes Tests in the same summer but have a short break first, during which Moeen will be in NatWest Blast quarter-final action for Worcestershire against Hampshire on Friday.


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The all-rounder is looking forward to reporting back for duty with England three days later, when they will begin preparations for the final Test starting a week on Thursday.

Moeen told Sky Sports News: "It's a great opportunity to win 4-1 in a big series.

"We've played so well up to now, and we don't want to mess anything up.

"We want to keep the rhythm up, keep the way we're playing and...put the foot on the throat."

England's bowlers have set up their last two wins, James Anderson and Steven Finn responding in Birmingham to defeat in the second Test at Lord's and then Stuart Broad recording the astonishing figures of eight for 15 on his home ground as Australia were bowled out for just 60 in 18.3 overs.

"The last two games have been two-and-a-half days, and it's been an amazing effort from the bowlers especially, " said Moeen.

"Everyone has enjoyed watching the Ashes and everyone I talk to is really buzzing...long may it continue."

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