Moeen Ali smashed 56 off 37 balls in the first practice game. During that knock, he had hit six fours in an over © Getty Images
Moeen Ali smashed 56 off 37 balls in the first practice game. During that knock, he had hit six fours in an over © Getty Images

Nov 23, 2014

Mark Ramprakash, England’s batting coach, is happy with Moeen Ali and Alastair Cook‘s form ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka. In the first practice game on Friday, Moeen smashed 56 off 37 balls while opening the batting and Alastair Cook scored 54. England had won that game by 56 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Speaking to England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) official website, Ramprakash said, “Wasn’t it breathtaking the way Moeen Ali went out and played? “He played with a no-fear attitude and I think he made a statement, to himself and also the rest of the side. Let’s not forget, Alastair Cook had a very convincing innings as well. So we had two opening batsmen who went out and took the attack to the opposition, and that bodes well.”

England’s second practice game was scheduled for Sunday, but it was washed out due to rain without a ball being bowled. However, Ramprakash remained confident of his team’s preparation. England will now play Sri Lanka in the first ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.