Eng­land will turn screw on Aussies as Ali stars

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND have vowed to keep Aus­tralia in a spin fol­low­ing Moeen Ali’s match-win­ning turn at The Oval.

Moeen took two wick­ets for three runs in eight balls, se­cur­ing Eng­land an early ad­van­tage that proved suf­fi­cient for their three-wicket win in Lon­don.

Eng­land made heavy weather of pick­ing off their pal­try 215 vic­tory tar­get, but crept over the line for an im­me­di­ate ad­van­tage in the five­match se­ries.

And now cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan has ad­mit­ted he will keep look­ing to Moeen and Adil Rashid to turn the screw on Aus­tralia’s spin strug­gles.

“We used a lot of spin in the win­ter against Aus­tralia in Aus­tralia,” said Mor­gan.

“Dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios might change things. But when the guys are bowl­ing as well as they have to­day, I think more than likely we’ll prob­a­bly go with that bal­ance.

“Cer­tainly with the left-han­ders that Aus­tralia have, Moeen is an op­tion to go to early.

“He can be a real threat and doesn’t mind bowl­ing in the power play. It cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity for us to­day.

“With the bat we were be­low par but man­aged to get over the line.

“It’s a big pos­i­tive to take be­cause it’s a char­ac­ter­is­tic that we’re go­ing to need.

“The most im­por­tant thing is that we did get the win.

“Be­fore the Scot­land game I men­tioned how go­ing into the World Cup and try­ing to repli­cate tour­na­ment­based cricket is get­ting wins when you don’t have a great day. Find­ing ways to get over the line is im­por­tant, and to­day we did a re­ally good job of it.”

Mor­gan’s 69, Joe Root with 50 and Moeen with 17 will all feel they should have fin­ished the game for Eng­land them­selves.

In­stead it was left to David Wil­ley to hit his best Eng­land score of 35 not out, seal­ing the win with a big six.

Moeen ad­mit­ted Eng­land must now tar­get the se­ries vic­tory, with the sec­ond clash loom­ing large in Cardiff on Satur­day.

“I feel quite good with the ball, and I’m try­ing to adapt to the wicket, in terms of pace and things like that,” said Moeen.

“We man­aged to get them three down and you can af­ford to bowl a bit slower and spin it more in si­t­u­a­tions like that.

“It’s al­ways nice to per­form for Eng­land and to win games. The most im­por­tant thing was that we man­aged to win to­day.

“Hope­fully we can take some con­fi­dence from here and go on to win the se­ries as well.”

Aus­tralia will be re­lieved to have re­turned to in­ter­na­tional cricket for the first time since March’s ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal.

But new cap­tain Tim Paine ad­mit­ted the tourists can ill af­ford to keep post­ing such dis­ap­point­ing to­tals and re­main com­pet­i­tive.

“We didn’t get enough runs out of our top five and you don’t win too many one day games when the high­est score of your top five is 22 or 23 it’s pretty sim­ple,” said Paine.

“We’ve got enough bat­ting to score more than 214.”

Asked if Aus­tralia’s top con­cern re­mains their han­dling of spin, Paine con­tin­ued: “To­day it was, no doubt about that.

“It’s some­thing the whole group’s been work­ing on, some­thing we speak a lot about try­ing to im­prove.

“It’s a work in progress, we haven’t been fan­tas­tic at it, but we’ve trained re­ally hard at it.

“It’s just up to our guys to be able to trans­late what they are work­ing on in the nets out into the game. That’s a lit­tle bit more dif­fi­cult than it may seem un­der pres­sure.”

Moeen Ali cel­e­brates with skip­per Eoin Mor­gan af­ter dis­miss­ing Tim Paine at The Kia Oval

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.