Pakistan’s wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal believes Moeen will strengthen Ali’s acceptance into the playing XI at Lord’s England’s batting and bowling departments. Akmal also pointed out that Moeen Ali has an excellent record against India at home with the ball, which could be an advantage for England as well.
The 34-year-old English all-rounder has competed in seven Tests against India at home, claiming 31 wickets at an average of 22.22 with two five-wicket arenas. He won three wickets in the Lord’s Test against India in 2014 and also contributed with the racket, scoring 32 and 39.
Talking about England’s XI for the second Test against India at Lord’s, Akmal said on his YouTube channel:
“If Stuart Broad doesn’t play because of an injury, I think Moeen Ali will play. He has a very good record against India and was impressive at Lord’s too. In seven games against India in England, he has won more than 30 wickets. Moeen Ali’s inclusion will bolster England’s spin department and he can also play with the racket when he is 7 or 8. If he plays it will definitely strengthen the English team. If Broad is fit and England steps in with four fast bowlers, Moeen Ali could step in instead of Dan Lawrence. Jos Buttler can hit with six and Moeen Ali with 7. That will make the lineup look better. “
Joe Root helped Moeen Ali’s all-round match-win skills
Earlier, England captain Joe Root Moeen Ali had praised him for being a match winner with both a bat and a ball. Root said he would put more responsibility on the cricketer when he played because Moeen Ali responded very well to that.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Root said of the all-rounder’s inclusion in the squad for the second test:
“Just go out there and be Moeen Ali. He’s got the ability to be out there and win games with bat and ball, he’s proven that. He plays his best cricket when he enjoys it and he’s confident – it.” Definitely looks “like this at the moment, the way he hit the Hundred, the way he ran Birmingham Phoenix. I would like to give him a lot of responsibility when he plays because he responds very well to it. He’s an inner leader of the locker room, a great personality, he pulls people into the field and in the locker room so it will be great to have him back with you. “
After the first test in Nottingham ended in a draw, India and England will meet in the second test at Lord’s from Thursday.