Moeen Ali  described England’s 266 run victory in the third Investec Test against India at the Ageas Bowl as his “best day in an England shirt”. The batting all-rounder claimed his first five-wicket haul with figures of 6-67 in the India second innings. England captain Alastair Cook on Thursday praised Ali and said the part-time spinner had improved “leaps and bounds” — thanks to his stint with Worcestershire where he bowls with Pakistan offie Saeed Ajmal.

 

Ali produced a match-winning spell, taking six wickets as India were bowled out for 178 in their second innings, handing England a 266-run win in the third cricket Test at The Rose Bowl here Thursday. With the comprehensive win, England tied the five-match series 1-1. “The team from 1 to 11 have been fantastic. Moeen’s bowling has come on leaps and bounds, credit to him. When you’re bowing behind Ajmal at Worcester and he’s been bowling a lot. Responding really well and on a spinning wicket to get a six-for, can’t really ask for more,” Cook said at the post-match presentation. The English opener said that his team won every single session in the match and deserved the win.