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Moeen Ali      

Full name Moeen Munir Ali

Born June 18, 1987, Birmingham

Current age 28 years 349 days

Major teams England, Duronto Rajshahi, England Lions, England Performance Programme, England Under-19s, Matabeleland Tuskers, Moors Sports Club, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

Nickname Moe

Playing role Batting allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Moseley School

Relation Brother - Kadeer Ali, Brother - OM Ali, Cousin - Kabir Ali, Cousin - A Ali

Moeen Munir Ali
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 25 40 5 1104 155* 31.54 2219 49.75 2 5 157 7 13 0
ODIs 36 35 4 856 128 27.61 859 99.65 2 3 81 27 11 0
T20Is 18 16 3 186 72* 14.30 159 116.98 0 1 19 6 5 0
First-class 150 253 24 8802 250 38.43 16156 54.48 16 55 89 0
List A 138 132 6 3734 158 29.63 3707 100.72 9 16 410 85 40 0
Twenty20 103 98 6 2074 90 22.54 1601 129.54 0 11 226 63 31 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 25 42 4332 2683 66 6/67 8/129 40.65 3.71 65.6 2 1 0
ODIs 36 35 1756 1437 38 3/32 3/32 37.81 4.91 46.2 0 0 0
T20Is 18 15 222 305 11 2/22 2/22 27.72 8.24 20.1 0 0 0
First-class 150 15548 9187 223 6/29 12/96 41.19 3.54 69.7 6 6 1
List A 138 109 4009 3589 92 3/28 3/28 39.01 5.37 43.5 0 0 0
Twenty20 103 80 1364 1694 63 5/34 5/34 26.88 7.45 21.6 0 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014 scorecard
Last Test England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street, May 27-30, 2016 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut West Indies v England at North Sound, Feb 28, 2014 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v England at Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Mar 11, 2014 scorecard
Last T20I England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Cambridge UCCE v Warwickshire at Cambridge, May 21-23, 2005 scorecard
Last First-class England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street, May 27-30, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Warwickshire v Derbyshire at Birmingham, May 14, 2006 scorecard
Last List A South Africa v England at Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Northamptonshire v Worcestershire at Northampton, Jun 22, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
155*, 0/0, 1/136 England v Sri Lanka Chester-le-Street 27 May 2016 Test # 2204
0, 1/2 England v Sri Lanka Leeds 19 May 2016 Test # 2203
55 Worcs v Glamorgan Cardiff 8 May 2016 FC
0/52, 8, 1/28 Worcs v Essex Worcester 1 May 2016 FC
0/32, 74, 0/49, 136* Worcs v Gloucs Bristol 24 Apr 2016 FC
0 England v West Indies Kolkata 3 Apr 2016 T20I # 557
1/10 England v New Zealand Delhi 30 Mar 2016 T20I # 555
0/32 England v Sri Lanka Delhi 26 Mar 2016 T20I # 551
41*, 1/17 England v Afghanistan Delhi 23 Mar 2016 T20I # 546
2/34, 8* England v South Africa Mumbai 18 Mar 2016 T20I # 540
Profile

Moeen Ali was tipped for the top long before he won his Test debut at the start of 2014. But, after building a reputation as an elegant batsman, it was his off-spin bowling that earned him the call-up when England were left reeling from the surprise retirement of Graeme Swann. While many critics dismissed him as a "part-time" bowler, Moeen had a record to compare with the best in county cricket over recent seasons. He had also developed a doosra after working with his friend and sometimes Worcestershire teammate, Saeed Ajmal. But it was his batting that stood out during his early Test appearances. He made an outstanding, unbeaten century in his second Test, at Leeds, as England went within two balls of saving the series and while he did unveil the first doosra bowled by an England spinner in the same game, he struggled to offer his captain the requisite control in the field with his bowling in his first three Tests. That changed in training for the Lord's Test against India. Encouraged by teammate Ian Bell over the need to bowl quicker to survive in international cricket, Moeen benefited from a chance conversation from former Test off-spinner Kumar Dharmasena, an umpire in the series and an on-looker at an England training session, who provided technical advice as to how to achieve the extra pace without losing any flight. It was to prove a pivotal meeting. Moeen was tighter at Lord's, devastating in Southampton and excellent at Old Trafford as he finished the series with 19 wickets; the fourth highest haul any spinner had claimed against India in a Test series outside the subcontinent and the best since 1967 when Ray Illingworth bowled 30 more overs and claimed one more victim.

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May 29, 2016

Moeen Ali poses for a selfie with a spectator dressed as a nun, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day, May 29, 2016

Moeen Ali poses for a selfie with a spectator

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May 28, 2016

Chris Woakes gets a high five from Moeen Ali, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 2nd day, May 28, 2016

Chris Woakes gets a high five from Moeen Ali

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May 28, 2016

Moeen Ali walks off after making an unbeaten 155, England v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Chester-le-Street, 2nd day, May 28, 2016

Moeen Ali walks off after making an unbeaten 155

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Notes

NBC Denis Compton Award 2004, 2005, 2009

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2015

Tour Results
England v South Africa at Cardiff - Sep 3, 2008
No result
England v South Africa at Lord's - Aug 31, 2008
England won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v South Africa at The Oval - Aug 29, 2008
England won by 126 runs
England v South Africa at Nottingham - Aug 26, 2008
England won by 10 wickets (with 215 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Leeds - Aug 22, 2008
England won by 20 runs
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