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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has delved deeper into his struggles during the recent Ashes series, saying that “the harder I tried the worse I got”.
Moeen featured in all five Tests and scored 179 runs at an average of 19.88. He was also limited to five wickets at an average of 115.
Given that England ended up losing the series 4-0, Moeen would no doubt love to leave that chapter of his career in the past.
However, while the Ashes didn’t go England’s way, Moeen admitted that it was satisfying to gain some revenge in the ongoing ODI series, which England lead 3-0.
“The Ashes was gone pretty early in the series and that was disappointing,” Moeen was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “And from a personal point of view, it has been a long tour.
“I just feel than in the Test matches I struggled throughout, and almost the harder I tried the worse I got.
“The one-day stuff, the intensity is obviously there but the pressure is not as much and I think we have more of a stable team with guys who have been together for quite a long time now.
“We know exactly what we’re doing, and it’s a lot different to the Tests in terms of the way we play and it’s amazing to be a part of.”
Given how England have dismantled Australia in the first three ODIs, a lot of cricketers have admitted that their respective sides need to follow the example set by England, especially with the 2019 World Cup fast approaching.
Responding to this, Moeen said: “It’s a team that other countries almost want to emulate as much as they can, and that’s something we’re very proud of. The way we play, we see that as a big thing actually.
“And to be three-nil up here, I think for the first time ever, is fantastic and we’re really determined to win this five-nil.
“The environment is completely different from one-dayers and Test cricket. We’ve got some brilliant players who can’t get into the team, and you don’t to give your spot up. You want to be part of this team.
“The guys who are not in the team are training so hard to try and get in, but at the moment the way we’re playing everyone is doing something on the field and it’s a very difficult team to get into.”