England Test captain Joe Root has asserted that all-rounder Moeen Ali has the ability to win matches for the team with both the bat and ball in hand. Moeen has been brought into the England team for the second Test against India at Lord’s. The cricketer has an excellent record against India and will look to add the same. With Stuart Broad uncertain for the second Test, which starts on Thursday, there is a fair chance of Moeen getting into the playing XI.
England coach Chris Silverwood has cleared the air over the Moeen Ali controversy, confirming that it was the team management’s decision to rest the all-rounder for the last two Tests against India. Silverwood even issued a public apology to Moeen, admitting that his exit was not handed in the proper manner.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali has admitted that getting Indian captain Virat Kohli out will be among the major challenges for them in the Test series against India that will get underway soon. Kohli is returning from his paternity leave, having missed three of the four Tests Down Under. According to Moeen, Kohli will be extra-motivated to do well having missed out on a slice of history in Australia.
England beat South Africa by 211 runs to win the first Test on Sunday. England set 331 to win on the fourth day, collapsed to 119 all out as England went 1-0 up in this four-match series and gave Joe Root a victory in his first Test as England captain.
England defeated India comprehensively by seven wickets in the first of the three match T20 series at Green Park, Kanpur. Putting India in after winning the toss, England restricted the hosts to 147 for 7.