Moeen Ali believes England’s series win over Pakistan proved how “dangerous” they will be at this month’s Twenty20 World Cup, but has failed to place his side among the tournament favourites.
Moeen has deputized for regular skipper Jos Buttler during a historic seven-match trip to Karachi and Lahore, lifting a trophy at the end.
The Tourists rushed to a 67-run success to earn a 4-3 win, scoring 209 for three and then stalling the response at 142 for eight.
Over the course of the visit, Harry Brook has emerged as a potential superstar, returnees Alex Hales and Phil Salt have established strong competition for the opening position and the close attack has performed impressively throughout.
And while Moeen is confident about what lies ahead of him at the World Cup, he ranks world number one India and hosts Australia as front runners.
“We’re really happy to win this series and we’re going to Australia in a really good position, but I don’t think we’re the favorites for the World Cup,” said Moeen.
“If I’m honest I don’t feel that way at all but I know we’re a very dangerous team and other teams will be scared to play against us. But I still think Australia and India are the two favourites.”
England went from zero to Pakistan in their last two games, trailing 3-2 and needing two wins to emerge victorious.
That was exactly the kind of high-stakes cricket they wanted ahead of a major knockout contest, but Moeen felt that with calmer heads she could have cruised during two second-inning collapses.
“We were disappointed in the end because looking back I think if we had really been on it we probably would have won 6-1. We were particularly disappointed with those two chases,” he said.
“But the streak has been great, to be 3-3 and then to win the last one is great. In particular, if we look back at the newer boys and how they played, Ben Duckett and Brooky excelled in almost every game.
“We had Woody and Woakesy coming back from long-term injuries and how we changed teams a lot but still managed to play well and win was incredible.”
While Pakistan suffers defeat at home, England’s first bilateral visit to the country since 2005 was a success off the pitch.
The games were well attended, well supported and entertained, with many raving reviews of the England camp experience.
For Moeen, who has deep family ties in Pakistan, it meant more than most.
“The hospitality is one of the best in the world, people really take care of you and are so nice,” he said.
“Everything that goes with playing in Pakistan is outstanding. Even the opposing players and coaches took care of us and sent messages saying, ‘If you need anything, we’re here’.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/moeen-ali-australia-england-jos-buttler-harry-brook-b2191163.html Moeen Ali turns his attention to the Twenty20 World Cup after England beat Pakistan