IND vs ENG: There Will Be Bad Days, But There Were Not Many Good Days Anyway- Moeen Ali Supports England’s Aggressive Approach

Moeen Ali

England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has endorsed the team’s newly adopted aggressive strategy in Test cricket Under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendan McCullum. The 35-year-old acknowledged that the idea could occasionally backfire but emphasized that England was previously playing terrible cricket in Test matches.

With just one victory in 17 Test matches under the former captain Joe Root, England had a terrible stretch. But in Stokes’ first Test as captain, the English team thrashed New Zealand 3-0 at home.

Moeen Ali and Joe Root for England. Photo- Getty
Moeen Ali and Joe Root for England. Photo- Getty

England’s positive attitude was evident throughout the three-Test matches against New Zealand. Moeen told Sports Today in an interview about his thoughts on the team’s aggressive ideology:

“It was occasionally extremely embarrassing the way we were playing. We were not playing well at all. I recognize that this style of cricket is now a bit severe, but its main purpose is to give players the courage to express themselves.”

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

“I know someone who was caught by Ben Stokes in the first innings of the most recent Test at mid-off. But I believe he is modeling for the team that playing shots is OK. England needs some of it. Although there would be bad days, there were not many good ones.”

Moeen Ali on India’s playing XI for rescheduled Test:

The starting lineup for the rescheduled Test is another topic of intense discussion inside the Indian team, in addition to the captaincy. Moeen advises the visitors to use both of their spinners because Edgbaston will provide sufficient support. He declared:

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: BCCI

“Two spinners and three seamers, if I were India.” More so due to the circumstances than anything else, Shami, Bumrah, Siraj, and the two spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. In the early innings, it may not take many spins, but later on, it will take a spin without a doubt.”

India’s fifth Test match against England will take place at Edgbaston on Friday, July 1.

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Ravindra Jadeja Has Got Good Brain, He Potentially Could Be Good Leader – Moeen Ali Backs All-rounder After Awful IPL 2022 Campaign

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja

Senior England National Cricket Team all-rounder Moeen Ali has said that the India National Cricket Team star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has got a good brain and he could become a successful skipper in future.

On March 24, just a few days before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 commenced, legendary captain MS Dhoni decided to hand over the CSK captaincy to Jadeja.

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Ravindra Jadeja
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However, Chennai Super Kings struggled under Jadeja’s captaincy as they won only 2 games and faced 6 defeats and Jadeja’s form with bat and ball also took a massive hit. So Jadeja decided to hand back the captaincy to Dhoni, in the middle of the season, to focus more on his game.

Speaking to Sports Today, Moeen Ali said that Jadeja failed as a skipper in the IPL 2022 because CSK as a team were failing to perform. He added that there is not much difference between Dhoni and Jadeja in terms of characteristics.

Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni
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“He’s (Jadeja) inexperienced in terms of captaincy and leading CSK was tough for him this year because we weren’t playing well as a team. But he has got a good brain and he potentially could be a good leader in the future,” he said.

“I have played under him. I have played under MS Dhoni as well. There is not much difference between both of them in terms of the characteristics – very calm, very loyal to their players. Brilliant captain, brilliant player,” he further added.

He changed the mindset of the players – Moeen Ali on Eoin Morgan

Moeen Ali was further asked about the impact of revolutionary England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan, who recently announced his retirement.

Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali ( Photo- Getty)
(Photo- Getty Images)

Ali said that the former England captain changed the mindset of the players and the reason behind England’s recent success in Test cricket under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum is actually Eoin Morgan.

“We were horrendous in white-ball cricket before that (2015 World Cup). He changed the mindset of the players. Actually, the way England are playing now in Test cricket, I believe, is actually because of him. He showed that if you have the mindset, you can play fearless cricket, which we are playing now,” Ali said.

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IND vs ENG: Moeen Ali Believes India Are Undercooked For The Edgbaston Test

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, an all-rounder for England, believes that England is the favourite for the postponed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston because of their stellar performance, which included a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand in the most recent Test series at home.

Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket in September of last year, citing a lack of enjoyment while playing under the then-England team management of Joe Root (skipper) and Chris Silverwood (coach).

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. (Photo: Twitter)

“If this series had ended last year, India might have won.” If you had questioned me 4-5 weeks ago, I would’ve predicted India’s victory. But now I believe England will come out on top. “India is a little undercooked,” Moeen said from Birmingham on Tuesday.

“India had four games under their belt last year.” They have had a practice match and some net training this time. England, in my viewpoint, are the favorite right now because they have just started playing three good Tests and are playing very confidently, especially in comparison to last year.”

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India vs England Test (Credits: Twitter)

“Their attitude has shifted, and they are now playing positive cricket. India will remain extremely difficult” Moeen said.

‘India would miss skipper Rohit Sharma’: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, who played his final Test at the Oval during the incomplete series last year, predicted that India would be miss captain Rohit Sharma and star opening batsman KL Rahul, who is out with a groin injury. The team’s performances throughout the early games of that series, in which India now leads 2-1, were both excellent.

KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I also think that the KL Rahul and Rohit combo, especially with the way they batted last year, were the real difficulty (for England) because they were frequently providing India wonderful starts and seeing off the new ball. Rohit might not make it, and KL Rahul is a major loss. Therefore, in my opinion, England is the favourite” said Moeen Ali

The fifth Test match between India and England will take place at Edgbaston on Friday, July 1. Despite Team India’s Covid-19 hit, England will start as the favourite because of their recent strong play.

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