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Moeen Ali: Looking back on the career of an England great

Solihull Editorial 17th Aug, 2023 Updated: 18th Aug, 2023   0

Moeen Ali is arguably the most extraordinary cricketing talent ever to emerge from the West Midlands. He was born in Birmingham and has established himself as one of modern cricket’s greatest legends for England.

Ali is hugely successful on and off the field. He is England’s vice-captain in limited-overs cricket and has helped lead the team to numerous victories.

The 36-year-old is also one of the most influential players of the playing generation, he has inspired many and is idolised by an entire nation of cricket fans.

Ali provides representation for British Asians in the England squad, and he will have undoubtedly inspired future greats of a similar background to take up the sport.

Final World Cup appearance

Ali will surely partake in his final World Cup campaign in India this year.

He is still a solid asset to the Three Lions, but with the wealth of talent coming through, he will surely retire from the England 50-over team to allow the next generation to progress. In the cricket odds, England are priced at 16/5 to win and secure a back-to-back 50-overs success in India.

Ali’s leadership will be crucial to England’s hopes on the Indian subcontinent. His spin bowling could be even more important, as the conditions in India suit his bowling technique perfectly.

In that area of the world, spin bowling is much more effective than fast bowling, as the ball spins more which can make it more difficult for the batter to get a clean strike on the ball.

Ali’s technique has proven to be effective in all sorts of conditions and areas of the globe, but it should bring guaranteed success this Autumn.

Successes with England

Ali has made more than 250 appearances across the three cricket formats for England – he recorded more than 1000 runs in each.

His position as vice-captain has meant he was available to step in as the captain for his nation whenever required. He was a key part of the 2019 World Cup-winning team, where his bowling stood out with a strike rate of 51.6 across five appearances.

His previous appearance at a 50-overs World Cup epitomised his cricket career – he is an excellent all-rounder that excels in all areas of the game.

Whether he is high up the pecking order or merely a depth option for his nation, Ali always offers reliability and balance to his nation, with his ability to slot into any role within the team.

The Birmingham-born player has also been a regular in Twenty20 international cricket for the Three Lions over the years. He was one of the most experienced players in the squad that become world champions in 2022.

Ali has also represented Warwickshire and Worcestershire in county cricket, as well as numerous T20 franchises scattered all around the globe. However, he is most famous for his efforts in an England shirt.

The British-Asian star has made a success of each and every venture in his career, however, his two world champion medals in different formats represent the pinnacle of his achievements.

Ali is most notably a legend of English cricket, and he will go down as one of the greatest in the nation’s history when he retires. But this year there could be more World Cup success prior to his exit from the game.

Article written by Alex Stone

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