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Joe Root is currently the best player of spin - Moeen Ali

Joe Root is currently the best player of spin - Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali (right) believes Joe Root (left) is the best player of spin in the current era.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali opined that England are not too worried to face the Pakistan spinners in the second Test in Dubai as they have the best player of spin bowling in Joe Root.

Root has been England's highest run scorer since he made his debut in 2013, having scored 2851 runs in 33 matches at an average of 55.90.

With eight hundreds and 14 fifties under his belt, Root has been able to produce consistent performances year on year.

Ali admits that even though the return of Yasir Shah will be a boost for Pakistan, but England are not sweating over it as they are confident of their preparation.

"Yasir is obviously their gun spinner and the guy they go to, to win them games, but we just need to play him as we would anyone, just get on with it.

"Batting's obviously going to be tougher than it was in Abu Dhabi.

“But we've got some good players of spin.

"I think Rooty's probably the best player of spin in the world, so we're not too fazed.

“We're preparing well, and as long as we're prepared we're happy to go into the game full of confidence."

In the first Test, the England spinners went wicketless in the first innings, but made a good comeback in the second innings where they accounted for seven scalps.

Adil Rashid took a five wicket haul to dismiss Pakistan for 173 while Ali chipped in two wickets of his own, including the crucial wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq.

Taking confidence from their performance in the second innings, Ali feels that the Pakistan players will now approach the England spin attack in a different manner.

"They've got a few left-armers, which is nice.

"It would be nice if they had a few left-hand batters to bowl at as well.

"But I think it will be good for me and Rash, especially the way we bowled towards the end of their second innings.

“They'll probably come at us in a different sort of way this time.” 

England were set a target of 99 runs in the first Test and had a little over an hour to achieve that while battling against fading light.

Despite coming out with an intent to win the game, England’s charge was thwarted by poor light conditions, which eventually called the game off with 25 runs still needed for a victory.

Ali is of the view that England’s strong performance in the first Test will spur Pakistan to come back hard at them.

"It's given us a lot of confidence and probably given Pakistan a bit of a nudge as well that we are here to be serious.

“We probably caught them off guard a bit in that last session, but I'm sure they'll come back stronger and be well aware of it now."

The Abu Dhabi Test was highlighted by the effort of Alastair Cook, who brought up a double century to help England overhaul Pakistan’s first innings total of 523.

According to Ali, Cook’s marathon 14-hour marathon innings was just what England needed to motivate them for the series.

"It was a great effort by Cooky (Alastair Cook) – just what we needed, a big hundred for us, and it's great for the series.

“We know what he's like when he gets one score under his belt - he rolls them out."

The second Test of the ongoing three-match series between England and Pakistan will be played in Dubai between 22nd and 26th October.

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