Moeen Ali    Getty Images
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Moeen Ali came to bat at No. 7 on Day Three of fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes when England were 279 for 5. Alastair Cook, the centurion held one end as he was losing partners. Moeen took on the bowling attack in the second over itself when he scored 12 runs off the second over he faced.

Moeen hit six over long off that cleared the ropes by inches. Pat Cummins who was under the ball misjudged the catch. Two over later Ali mistimed a cut shot to Shaun Marsh at extra short cover. This was the sixth time in seven innings Ali fell prey to Nathan Lyon.

Chris Rogers, who was commenting from the ABC Grandstand box, feels Moeen batted irresponsibly. Rogers even questioned if Moeen was given the instructions to go after the bowlers or did he decided it himself.

It just feels like it’s irresponsible

“He’s come out just blind slogging. You’ve got to still have respect for the guy at the other end as well, Rogers said. “It just feels like it’s irresponsible. It’s not really in the best interests of the team. You have to find out what his motivation is first … whether Joe Root or Trevor Bayliss said ‘mate, get out there and take them on’. If it is his decision … what’s the issue? Is he afraid of short-pitched bowling, is he afraid of Nathan Lyon?”

Moeen has scored 136 runs with an average of 19.42 in the series. Moeen hasn t done any good with the ball as well. His bowling average is over 124. Ian Chappell on Nine Networks said that he is expecting Moeen to be dropped for the fifth Test in place of Mason Crane. Michael Hussey too feel the same.