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After hitting six fours in one over during the first warm-up match against Sri Lanka A, England all-rounder Moeen Ali has made it clear that he would “love to open” the batting for the rest of his international career.
Ali was absolutely unstoppable during the match, which England won by 56 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method, as he smashed 56 off 37 balls, which included 10 boundaries and a six, and took three wickets as well.
“If everything goes all right, I’d love to open all the way through (to the World Cup),” he said. “I’d love to open for the rest of my life for England.
“But whatever the team needs, I’ll do it. I don’t look at it as a permanent job, I just look at it as an opportunity.”
Speaking about hitting six boundaries in one over, Ali said: “I’ve never done that before. Obviously, there are days when it doesn’t come off, but thankfully today was a good start. I didn’t mean to hit six fours, I just reacted to what came down. There were a couple of half-volleys, a low full-toss, then the one over extra (cover) was a little bit wide.
“It’s a role I feel very comfortable in and think I can do a good job. When I play well, that’s what I do. Just go out and try to enjoy hitting the new ball. There are loads of gaps, and I’m not afraid to do it, even if it’s spinning big or whatever. If I get out, I get out. (England coach) Peter Moores just said ‘Go out and enjoy it – play how you play’.”
Ali was also delighted about picking up three wickets during the match, and said: “I was really happy with my bowling because after the first couple of overs, I felt like I found my line, length and pace to bowl at these guys.
“I’ve been to Sri Lanka four times now. The first time I came, I was lobbing them up and they were just smashing them, so I feel like I’ve adapted. They’re very good players of spin, so that was satisfying.”