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Moeen Ali bats for the inclusion of Liam Dawson against Afghanistan

Moeen Ali bats for the inclusion of Liam Dawson against Afghanistan
Moeen Ali wants England to play three spinners at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali feels that including left-arm spinner Liam Dawson in the ICC World Twenty20 contest against Afghanistan in Delhi will work in the favour of the team.

England played their first two matches in the ongoing tournament in Mumbai, where the pitch was more conducive to seam bowlers.

However, the 2010 ICC World T20 champions will now play their remaining two games in Delhi where the pitch is expected to be slow and assist the spin bowlers.

Expressing that Dawson is an exciting prospect for England, Ali is hoping that England will pick three spinners given the conditions at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

“I’ve worked quite a bit with him (Dawson), he’s really good.

“He can bowl really well with the new ball and the older ball.

“We’ve got a good side and we’ve just won a game against South Africa so I’m not sure exactly what the captain and coach are thinking, but maybe the guys are talking about playing three spinners.

“It would be a good idea, I feel.”

Except the track in Mumbai, the pitches in the ICC World T20 so far have aided spin and four out of the top five wicket-takers in the tournament are spinners.

Expecting a low-scoring encounters in Delhi, Ali is eager to ply his trade on the pitch and emulate the success which the other spinners have had in this tournament.

“There’s been some good pitches for spinners to bowl on so far.

“Every time Adil and I have watched the games we’ve been saying ‘we’d love to be bowling on that pitch’.

“I didn’t enjoy bowling in Mumbai, it wasn’t really conducive to spin so I hope the other pitches, like here where we play our next two games, will be.

“Obviously this wicket is going to be a little different, a little bit slower and I don’t expect the runs to be coming as quickly.”

England are currently placed fourth in the Group 1 points table after a win from two games and will need to improve their net run rate which is currently -0.408.

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