<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/moeen-ali/">Moeen Ali</a> couldn t have asked for a better way to return to the England side. Having last played a Test in March against New Zealand, Ali left an impact straightaway in his comeback Test. On Day 1, he combined with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sam-curran/">Sam Curran</a> to frustrate India with an 81-run stand and came back to torment them again with the ball, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-v-england-4th-test-cheteshwar-pujara-holds-india-together-as-moeen-ali-spins-another-web-741079">picking up a five-wicket haul</a> on Friday. <p></p> <p></p>For someone who s had to endure a forgettable winter he averaged just 18.81 with the bat, and with the ball he claimed just five wickets in six Tests at a cost of 126.80 this Test holds plenty of significance. He had gone back in time to 2014, where his 6/67 flattened India at the same venue and triggered India s downward spiral in the series. <p></p> <p></p>"After my first over, I thought I was going to be in the game throughout this Test," he said. "It's always nice for an offspinner when there's a bit of rough. And I was bowling at the same end as last time. That gave me some confidence. <p></p> <p></p>"It's all about mindset with me. I didn't need to change too much technically. I just needed a fresh start. It's nice to get a call-up when you're in decent nick with bat and ball. You come into the game with confidence: it's exactly what county cricket should be doing." <p></p> <p></p>Despite the slump, Ali was confident of getting his act together. When he was included in the line-up for the Southampton Test, it was on the batting grounds, considering his outing in the T20 Blast. Whatever more he could add is always a bonus. <p></p> <p></p>"It was about believing I'm not a bad played after one bad winter. Many players have gone through that. It was about clearing my mind and moving on," Ali said. <p></p> <p></p>"The role in the side now is my best role. I'm mainly selected as a batter, but then I come on as a second spinner. It gives me a lot more confidence and freedom. I actually end up playing better." <p></p> <p></p>After a disappointing tour of Australia and New Zealand, where Moeen reached the landmark of 50 Test matches, he was dropped for the home series against Pakistan, while legspinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/adil-rashid/">Adil Rashid</a> was picked over him for the first three Tests against India. The allrounder, however, fought his way back with strong performances in county cricket which included a double century and eight wickets in a single game for Worcestershire. <p></p> <p></p>"I've loved being back at Worcestershire, having a good stint getting form back with bat and ball. It's always nice to get a call-up when in decent nick as you can have that confidence coming into the game. It's what county cricket should do," Ali said. <p></p> <p></p>"Australia is a difficult place for a foreign spinner, no matter who you are. For me it was about getting over that and coming back knowing I have played India in England before, done well and there was no reason why not again. This role is my best, batting [No. 7] and as a second spinner. It gives me confidence and freedom, and I end up playing better."