Moeen removes doosra from bowling arsenal

"I don't want to risk not playing for England because of it"

“I don’t want to risk not playing for England because of it”

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has decided to remove the doosra from his bowling arsenal since he is afraid of being reported for a suspect action.

While most people failed to pick it up when he first bowled it during the second Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley, he has decided to shelve the delivery permanently instead of taking the risk and trying to bowl it more often.

“I won’t bowl it,” Moeen said. “A lot of people and experts are saying you have to bend your arm to bowl it. I don’t think you do, but it is a tough one and I don’t want to risk not playing for England because of it.

“It is a shame. Personally I think it is a great skill to be able to spin the ball both ways as an offspinner. I always felt the doosra was a great innovation.

“With one fielder extra coming up, it’s very tough to bowl offspin in ODI cricket. I think there was a period where off-spinners felt they needed a doosra and everyone was bowling it. And because of that, there were some people with some different actions trying it.

“I’m definitely more reluctant to bowl it. You can see that 16 first-class players have been banned in Pakistan because of their actions. I don’t think I will bowl it in the World Cup. I don’t want to risk not playing for England.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the ECB about it. It is my decision. I was reluctant anyway because I don’t bowl it as well as the rest of the guys doing it [in international cricket] but definitely I won’t bowl it because of the scrutiny around the delivery. Besides, I had some success with off-spin against India and that is another reason you won’t see me do it. At the moment I don’t feel that I need it.”

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