‘I’m finding it really good being with England’, says Moeen Ali

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“This is the top level and I’ve wanted to play at this level for a long time”

England batsman Moeen Ali has announced that he is having a great time with the national team and is trying to make the most of the opportunity he has been given.

Ali was included in England’s squad for their limited overs tour of the West Indies and he is now looking to impress the national selectors during the World Twenty20.

“I’m finding it really good being with England and making the most of my time with the England coaches and players,” Ali said. “This is the top level and I’ve wanted to play at this level for a long time. I’m enjoying it a lot and I’m just trying to make the most of it.

“I was happy with my 46 innings against India. Maybe I could have had a bit more energy at the start of the innings. I caught up in the end, but I don’t like losing so the result was a bit disappointing.

“I’m not going to be too down about it, I batted all right and the team can definitely take encouragement from the last game. They are a top Twenty20 side, one of the favourites to win, so to play like we did against them was a positive.

“We wish we’d won but we will take a lot out of the game.”

Ali is also hoping that Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad will be fully fit for England’s first World Twenty20 match, which comes against New Zealand on March 22 in Chittagong.

“It was brilliant to see Broady back and bowling two overs,” he said. “It was a massive boost for the team when he came on to the pitch, which was very pleasing, and we hope he’ll be fit to play from the start of the tournament.

“He gives us a bit of balance, he’s a bit different to the rest of our bowlers. With all his experience and being our leader, it’s always nice to see him on the pitch.”

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