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Moeen Ali Ready To Open The Batting

Moeen Ali says he is ready to open the innings for England in Tests.
Moeen Ali says he is ready to open the innings for England in Tests.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who returned from injury in the second Test in Grenada, says he is ready to open the innings for his side if the need arises.

The 27-year-old is aware of competition he is likely to face for the opening slot and is content to bat anywhere in the order.

"There are some really good players out there like (Adam) Lyth on the bench," he said.

"So like I said, if England ask me to open the batting I’ll do it. If they want me to bat at 11, I’ll do that too."

Being flexible enough to bat anywhere in the order demands the ability to soak up a lot of pressure but Ali appears unfazed by the possible challenge.

Having established himself as England’s specialist spinner in the last year, Ali is upbeat about fulfilling any role that was required of him.

"I am not worried about where I’m batting as long as I’m playing.

"I am ready to perform any role that they want me to do.”

Although he was dismissed for a duck on his return from injury, Ali made amends with the ball, particularly in the second innings, where he returned figures of three for 51 from 22 overs.

Ali remains unaffected by the pressure surrounding his bowling role though the off-spinner conceded that the lay-off through injury had affected his consistency initially in the match.

"I felt a bit rusty during my first few spells especially in the first innings," he admitted.

"I knew I needed a few overs under my belt and the best way to do it by bowling more.

"Doing it in the nets is nothing compared to the pressures of Test match cricket.

"I don’t really mind the pressure as I enjoy playing for England."

Having taken a 1-0 lead in the series with one match to go, England are on the verge of winning their first overseas Test series since 2012.

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