‘I think now I see myself as an all-rounder’, says Moeen Ali

"I think I got picked over guys who have done more than me in the last couple of years because of my bowling"

“I think I got picked over guys who have done more than me in the last couple of years because of my bowling”

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England batsman Moeen Ali has announced that he sees himself as an all-rounder after it was rumoured that he would be the national team’s go-to spinner for their upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.

England have been searching for a quality spinner after Graeme Swann announced his retirement during the national team’s horrendous tour of Australia.

“I think now I see myself as an all-rounder,” Ali told ESPNcricinfo’s #politeenquiries show. “I got picked by England for my batting but I think I got picked over guys who have done more than me in the last couple of years because of my bowling. The more years go on the better I’m getting with my bowling.”

Ali also revealed that he has been picking up a lot of tips from Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal as the pair are currently representing Worcestershire in the ongoing county season.

“I’ve probably bowled a lot more than most off-spinners in county cricket over the last two or three years,” Ali added. “I bowl in all forms which is nice.

“That’s one of my best moments. He [Ajmal] says he hasn’t shown many people [the doorsa], but says it’s not the showing that’s the hard part but the work you have to do.”

Ali also noted that he wants to become a role model for Asian cricketers in the United Kingdom and show them that there is nothing stopping them from donning the England jersey.

“Being an Asian cricketer myself, watching me play for England, I think inspires Asian players to want to play,” he said. “I don’t see it as a burden, I see it as a positive attitude. I feel it’s my duty to do it, to represent Asians.”

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