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England allrounder Moeen Ali said that pacer Lasith Malinga is the biggest threat for the team in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the team has discussed how to tackle him.

“He (Malinga) is a major threat. He bowled fantastically well and as a team we sat down after the game and spoke about how to play him because he is the main threat that we are going to need to cautious against,” Ali told Sky Sports on the eve of the third ODI to be played at Kandy on Wednesday.

Malinga picked his 17th five-wicket haul in the 2nd ODI at Dambulla on Saturday, but that couldn’t prevent his team from losing to England by 31 runs via the DLS method in the rain-hit match.

With rain interruptions being a given fact during the entire series, Ali said the best bet is to win the toss and bat. “I’m going to try and get a bat on it first,” he said.

Ali, who made a  good return to the international side after being dropped for the Ashes series earlier this year, with 9 for 49 against India in the Southampton Test, said that he has two different actions for red-ball and white-ball cricket.

“I have two different actions for Test matches and one-dayers,” Ali said. “In one-dayers I feel like I need to bowl a little bit quicker.”

He went on to add that unlike his fellow spinner Adil Rashid, who is a natural wicket-taker, he has to be patient when it comes to taking wickets.

“Rash (Adil Rashid) being a leg spinner is a bit more of a wicket-taker and there is a bit more mystery. With myself it is about being a little bit smarter, having the right fields to batters and being really patient. I try to bowl as tight as I can, let the other bowlers take the wickets and I just try to pick up one or two,” he added.

England allrounder Moeen Ali said that pacer Lasith Malinga is the biggest threat for the team in the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the team has discussed how to tackle him. “He (Malinga) is a major threat. He bowled fantastically well and as a team we sat down after the game and spoke about how to play him because he is the main threat that we are going to need to cautious against,” Ali told Sky Sports on the eve of the third ODI to be played at Kandy on Wednesday.Malinga picked his 17th five-wicket haul in the 2nd ODI at Dambulla on Saturday, but that couldn’t prevent his team from losing to England by 31 runs via the DLS method in the rain-hit match. With rain interruptions being a given fact during the entire series, Ali said the best bet is to win the toss and bat. “I’m going to try and get a bat on it first,” he said. Ali, who made a  good return to the international side after being dropped for the Ashes series earlier this year, with 9 for 49 against India in the Southampton Test, said that he has two different actions for red-ball and white-ball cricket. “I have two different actions for Test matches and one-dayers,” Ali said. “In one-dayers I feel like I need to bowl a little bit quicker.”He went on to add that unlike his fellow spinner Adil Rashid, who is a natural wicket-taker, he has to be patient when it comes to taking wickets. “Rash (Adil Rashid) being a leg spinner is a bit more of a wicket-taker and there is a bit more mystery. With myself it is about being a little bit smarter, having the right fields to batters and being really patient. I try to bowl as tight as I can, let the other bowlers take the wickets and I just try to pick up one or two,” he added.