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Moeen Ali Lauds Alastair Cook's Century

Moeen Ali (left) and Alastair Cook (right) in action during the third Test against West Indies in Barbados.
Moeen Ali (left) and Alastair Cook (right) in action during the third Test against West Indies in Barbados.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali was extremely happy with skipper Alastair Cook's 26th Test century which rescued the team on the first day of the final Test against West Indies in Barbados on Friday.

Expressing his delight at Cook’s performance, Ali lauded his skipper’s gritty knock that came after England had once again suffered a top-order collapse.

The England skipper’s first Test century in two years was a flawless knock before he was dismissed off the final ball of the day with the score reading 240 for seven.

"You could see what it meant to the team and the fans as well," said Ali.

"It's great for him to get a hundred - just a shame he got out at the end."

Cook’s marathon 266-ball 105 was the cornerstone of England’s fightback after being reduced to 38 for three and then 91 for four at one stage.

Ali himself was part of the resurgence as he put on a 98-run partnership with Cook to stem the flow of wickets.

The 27-year-old, who fought his way to a 130-ball 58, was pleased with his contribution under pressure.

"I think the situation of the game helped me. I enjoy those situations where we're struggling a little bit."

It was another run out that cost Ali his wicket as the partnership with Cook which was looking ominous for West Indies got dislodged.

Expressing disappointment at his dismissal, the 27-year-old opined that both of them were at fault in the run out.

"It's a shame I got run out again. Cookie hit it and I just didn't think it was a one, but I trusted his call.

"I probably gave up a bit, I thought I was going to be miles out."

Although 350 seems a challenging score, Ali feels that even a total of 300 will be decent on a track that is offering turn and bounce.

Seemingly excited at the prospect of bowling on this pitch, Ali hopes that England’s lower-order can put up a strong resistance to propel the first innings total.

"It spun a bit more than we expected and there was a bit of bounce as well.

"'I'm looking forward to bowling on it, I think it's going to spin a bit more - a few balls spun from straight as well.

"It's going to be a tough game - we probably lost two too many wickets but we've still got batsmen who can bat."

Having secured a 1-0 lead in the series after the nine-wicket win in Grenada, a draw will be enough for England to claim their first overseas series win since 2012. 

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