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Still have a lot to play for: Moeen

Moeen Ali

Leeds: England’s unlikely bowling hero in the Tests, all-rounder Moeen Ali also made an impact with the bat at Edgbaston while playing his first ODI of the series and has admitted that he learnt a lot by watching Indian batsmen from the sidelines.

“Sitting on the sidelines for the first two games, watching the way Indians bat, watching someone like Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he did. You can learn a lot from the way they approach it, with no fear and just back themselves to play their shots.

“If there is a risk, they just take it. Sometimes it doesn’t come off but as a team if we can all do that and execute the plan like I say then we will be fine,” Ali said on the eve of the final ODI match here on Thursday.

Ali, who struck a 50-ball 67 to help England gain some respect while batting first in Birmingham, still believes that the team has the hunger to win.

“There’s still a lot to play for. A lot of the players are still playing for places in Sri Lanka. To win the game for England is important. He’s (Alastair Cook) trying to get us to stick together, work hard and execute the plan,” said Ali.

Despite calls for Cook’s ouster as ODI captain getting louder, Ali insists that he has the backing of team members to lead them in the 50-over version.

“It has been the same as it was in the Test series. He has been exactly the same in front of the lads. Obviously he has been trying to get everyone playing well and desperate to do well himself.” (PTI)