Moeen Ali picked his all-round performance in the 1st Ashes 2015 Test at Cardiff as one of his favourites from the summer © Getty
Moeen Ali picked his all-round performance in the 1st Ashes 2015 Test at Cardiff as one of his favourites from the summer © Getty

England pacer Stuart Broad‘s devastating spell of 8 for 15 against Australia at Trent Bridge in the Ashes 2015 was the defining moment of the English summer, if one asks Moeen Ali. The off-spinner acknowledged the fact that Broad’s spell, which helped bundle Australia out for 60 and played a major role in England’s innings and 78-run win, was a performance that one would get to witness only once in one’s whole life. “It isn’t easy picking out highlights, but I think I’d have to start with Broady’s eight wickets at Trent Bridge. He basically won us the Ashes in that hour and 10 minutes, and I think even as it was happening we knew it was a bowling performance you’ll only ever see once in your whole life,” Moeen was quoted as writing in his column on ecb.co.uk.

Moeen, who is part of the England squad that will travel to the UAE for three Tests, four One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), mentioned other moments such as his catch off the bowling of Broad to dismiss Trent Boult and help England seal a 124-run victory in the first of the two-Test series against New Zealand at Lord’s. Ali took a splendid running catch at deep third man to end the innings. Among the other moments that he mentioned in the column were defeating the Australia in the one-off T20I, his all-round performance in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff, as well as his spell alongside fellow spinner Adil Rashid in the third ODI against Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester.