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Moeen’s anxiety for Test cricket after depressing Ashes crowd

LONDON: England's all-rounder Moeen Ali said that he fears for the future of test cricket, claiming the “disappointing” turnout in the Ashes series in Australia had opened his eyes to the struggles of the game’s longer format. While test matches around the world have seen falling attendances in recent years, the rivalry between England and Australia has usually managed to draw in the fans. Cricket Australia said after the visitors’ recent 4-0 defeat that more than 865,000 people had attended the five-test series, the…

Moeen urges England players to improve off-field behaviour

PERTH: England’s cricketers must take responsibility for their actions and improve their off-field behaviour or risk turning a younger generation of players away from the game, all-rounder Moeen Ali said on Sunday. England’s Ashes tour was plunged into another crisis on Saturday after batsman Ben Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink on a senior England player reported to be paceman James Anderson after an argument in a Perth bar late on Thursday. The 23-year-old Duckett, who is part of the England Lions training…

England batsmen must score big to beat Aussies: Moeen

BRISBANE: England's batsmen will have to score big individual hundreds if Joe Root's tourists are to have any chance of holding on to the Ashes, all-rounder Moeen Ali said on Sunday. England are facing a big defeat to Australia on Monday's final day after they were bundled out for just 195, leaving the home side the task of scoring 170 runs to go one up in the series. At Sunday's close, the Australians had whittled down the target to just 56 at 114 without loss. Moeen bemoaned his team's inability to score an…

Ashes: Finn, Ali injury concerns before England tour opener

PERTH: Fast bowler Steven Finn and all-rounder Moeen Ali will have scans to decide their availability for England's Ashes tour opener this week in Perth, team officials said on Thursday. Finn injured his left knee while batting at training, while Ali is troubled by a side strain and played no part in Thursday's session. Both players are to undergo precautionary scans on Friday. England begin their tour with a two-day game against a West Australian XI from Saturday. It represents the first injury scare for the…

Ali confident England can win Ashes without under investigation Stokes

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom: Moeen Ali says England can still win the Ashes on enemy turf even if talismanic allrounder Ben Stokes is not in the party that travels to Australia. Stokes was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and suspended from internationals until further notice following an apparent fight outside a nightclub. The Test vice-captain was included in the Ashes squad despite reportedly injuring his hand in the incident that led to his arrest but there are doubts around…

Moeen Ali smashes century as England beat West Indies

BRISTOL, ENGLAND: Moeen Ali hit the second fastest one-day international century in England’s history to set up a win over West Indies by 124 runs on Sunday. Victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the third of the five-match series after the second game was washed out last week. Joe Root with 84 and Ben Stokes (73) were the other main contributors to an imposing total of 369-9 off 50 overs. They shared a fourth-wicket stand of 132 as Root became the highest scorer in all formats in an English international season.…

Moeen Ali hails Saqlain Mushtaq role in England success

MANCHESTER: Moeen Ali has paid tribute to the "amazing" Saqlain Mushtaq for his role in helping the England all-rounder enjoy a record-breaking Test series against South Africa. Ali, a 30-year-old off-spinner and left-handed batsman, became the first man in cricket history to score more than 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four-match Test series during the course of England's 3-1 victory over the Proteas. Ali has often been regarded, even by himself, as a "second spinner" when the likes of Hampshire left-armer Liam…

Moeen Ali bowls England to South Africa series win

LONDON: Moeen Ali finished a brilliant campaign with a five-wicket haul as England beat South Africa by 177 runs in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Monday to seal a 3-1 series win. Victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, also saw Joe Root triumphant in his first Test series as England captain. South Africa, set a huge 380 for victory, were bowled out for 202 shortly after tea on the fourth day when Ali took two wickets in two balls to remove Morne Morkel and Duanne Olivier. That gave the…

Moeen Ali joins England hat-trick club

LONDON: Moeen Ali became just the 13th England cricketer to take a Test-match hat-trick when he ended the third Test against South Africa with three wickets in as many balls at The Oval on Monday. The Worcestershire off-spinner's treble saw him snare Dean Elgar and Kagiso Rabada with the aid of two slip catches by Ben Stokes at the end of his 16th over, before he had Morne Morkel lbw on review with the first ball of his next. Morkel's dismissal ended the match after lunch on the fifth day, with England winning by 239…

Moeen Ali sends South Africa spinning to first Test defeat

LONDON: Moeen Ali took six wickets as England beat South Africa by 211 runs to win the first Test at Lord's with more than a day to spare on Sunday. The Proteas, set 331 to win, collapsed to 119 all out inside 37 overs. The result meant Joe Root, who made 190 in the hosts' first innings 458, enjoyed a resounding victory in his first Test as England captain, with his side now 1-0 up in this four-match series. Off-spinner Ali, the man-of-the-match, finished with Test-best figures of six for 53 in 15 overs -- including…