Thursday 4 September 2014 

Still A Lot To Play For - Moeen Ali

England batsman Moeen Ali says that under-pressure captain Alastair Cook is the most mentally strong person he's ever met and that there is plenty to play for despite trailing the ODI series 3-0 to India.

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Cook has struggled for form and is coming under severe criticism from former team-mates, but Ali says that the opener retains the confidence of his team-mates.

"He's the captain and as a player, as a professional cricketer, we all know that form... you do have a dip and things like that," Ali said.

"You've just got to try and stay confident, even though it is hard, and try to drag each other and try and keep each other going.

"He's determined to do well, for the team and for himself, so we're hoping that he will come off tomorrow.

"I've never met a more mentally strong a person than Alastair. To go through what he's doing and still be the same day in, day out.

"I can imagine it being very tough, but like I say, he's so strong that I know he will come good."

England may have no chance of getting anything out of the series ahead of the fifth One-Day International at Headingley, but Ali says there is still plenty at stake.

"There's still a lot to play for," he said.

"A lot of the players are still playing for places hopefully for Sri Lanka, et cetera, so... and to win a game for England is more important."

He added that he hoped that England's losing run would end sooner rather than later.

"Obviously, you don't want to keep losing and like I say, every game that comes, we're hoping to do well and perform and execute the plans and obviously it's taking a bit of time, but I'm sure when we get one on the way then they will all come, like the Test series did."

Video courtesy of SNTV

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs