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India vs England 3rd Test: Moeen Ali rates match-winning performance as his best moment

Moeen Ali claimed six for 67 to guide England to a memorable win at Southampton © AFP
Moeen Ali claimed six for 67 to guide England to a memorable win at Southampton © AFP

Aug 4, 2014

England cricketer Moeen Ali has expressed his delight after guiding his team to a series-levelling win against India in the third Test match at Southampton. Moeen claimed six wickets in India’s second innings as the hosts won the match by 266 runs on the final day.

Talking about his memorable performance of six for 61 at Southampton, Moeen said,  “To play for my country and to get the support I have is fantastic. Guys are just cheering you on and it makes you want to perform for them.

“The crowd has been fantastic. On the first day Cooky [Alastair Cook] was 50 not out at lunchtime and the crowd was unbelievably supportive of him which was nice to see. I’m very, very proud, it is a great achievement from the lads especially being a young side, and to do it like that and pretty much boss the whole game is great,” Moeen added.

“Definitely this is the best moment in an England shirt so far for me. Just winning a Test match for England; even if I didn’t get the six wickets it would be the best moment,” the right-arm spinner added.

During the third Test, Moeen also ran into controversy for sporting wristbands that read ‘Save Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’, which prompted the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ask him not to wear that.

Meanwhile, talking about his bowling his County coach Steve Rhodes said, “We’ve always viewed him [Moeen Ali] as an all-rounder. When he first came we had Gareth Batty, but since he left we thought we’d give Moeen the responsibility and he’s thrived on it.”

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