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Our style of playing in limited overs helped us - Moeen Ali

Our style of playing in limited overs helped us - Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali feels that their new-found aggressive approach in limited-overs has played a key role in their ongoing victorious Ashes campaign.
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali feels that their new-found aggressive approach in limited-overs has played a key role in their ongoing victorious Ashes campaign.

After four Tests, England hold an unassailable 3-1 lead against Australia, which means that they have regained the urn, and Ali credited their resurgence to the confidence they have gained from the shorter formats.

The limited-overs series against New Zealand prior to the Ashes series saw the arrival of a new-look England side full of youngsters who played the game with a refreshingly positive attitude.

"The one-dayers and T20s have made such a difference,” said Ali

“They’ve given everyone the confidence to go out and be attacking.

“Everyone has enjoyed this series and everyone is really buzzing.”

Dwelling on the Trent Bridge Test win, which gave England the urn, Ali opined that the damage was done by England’s bowlers on day one itself, once they had Australia bowled out for just 60. 

However, cricket is a game of uncertainties and Ali was happy that his team finished off the task ruthlessly to reclaim the urn – a moment which the young all-rounder terms as the best feeling of his career.

“They absolutely smashed us at Lord’s and didn’t get a sniff, then we did the same to them.

“It was 100 per cent the best moment of my career.

“It was pretty much done after we bowled them out on the first morning and it was the best feeling ever to get the job done.”

Despite having sealed the series, Ali doesn’t want England to be complacent and urged his teammates to go for the kill in the final Test at The Oval.

England have a major incentive to win the final game as a victory will see them displace their Ashes rivals to take the second spot in the Test rankings.

“It’s a great opportunity to win such a big series 4-1 and we need to keep the rhythm up, keep playing and keep our foot on the throat,” he said.

“To win two games in two-and-a-half days is an amazing effort, especially by the bowlers.”

The fifth and final Ashes Test will kick-off at The Oval on 20th August.

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