To the build-up to the Ashes series, Moeen Ali with his all-round abilities was expected to be a key figure for England in the series. As it turned out though, Moeen endured a torrid time throughout the five Magellan Ashes Tests, which he finished with 179 runs (at an average of 19.88 with a high-score of 40) and five wickets at an average of 115 as England surrendered the urn 4-0.
In the ODIs though Moeen seemed to find some form and has credited his captain Eoin Morgan who instilled the confidence in him to come good.
"The Ashes was gone pretty early in the series and that was disappointing," Moeen told reporters at Adelaide Oval today on the eve of the fourth match of the Gillette Series that begins on Friday.
"And from a personal point of view, it has been a long tour.I just feel than in the Test matches I struggled throughout, and almost the harder I tried the worse I got."
"The one-day stuff, the intensity is obviously there but the pressure is not as much and I think we have more of a stable team with guys who have been together for quite a long time now".
Moeen concluded by speaking highly about the England ODI outfit saying that the team moves on horses for courses formulae and looks to play a team who can do the job. He also added that they are looking to get the favorites tag with them heading into the 2019 World Cup in the UK.
"It's a team that other countries almost want to emulate as much as they can, and that's something we're very proud of Moeen said today.The way we play, we see that as a big thing actually" concluded Moeen Ali.