Moeen Ali

  • A lot at stake for skipper Dhoni and coach Fletcher August 15, 2014

    London: Mahendra Singh Dhoni's continuance as captain in Tests after next year's World Cup and the retention of Duncan Fletcher as coach after the same event are at stake as India, trailing 1-2 in the series, lock horns with England in the fifth and final Test starting here on Friday. The...
  • Indian batsmen took me as an easy target: Moeen Ali August 14, 2014

    London: He has been one of England's finds in the ongoing Test series against India and off-spinner Moeen Ali feels that visiting team's batsmen took him lightly which ensured a bagful of wickets for him. Moeen currently has 19 wickets at a stellar average of 22.94 with two brilliant spells at...
  • Five things to know about the decisive fifth India-England Test August 14, 2014

    London: England are on the verge of putting to bed one of the most trying chapters in their Test cricket history. India could still extend them, however, in the fifth and final Test at the Oval starting on Friday. A summer for England that began with a first ever Test series defeat...
  • I can't get too carried away and have to practice hard, says Moeen Ali August 13, 2014

    Manchester: Moeen Ali has become the fastest English spinner to cross the 20 wicket-mark in Test cricket, featuring in only six matches that spanned across 58 days and the 'part-time' off-spinner has termed his recent performance as "crazy". For a team that was struggling three matches ago to replace Graeme...
  • Moeen Ali: The spinner of the series August 13, 2014

    Manchester: Moeen Ali has become the fastest English spinner to cross the 20 wicket-mark in Test cricket, featuring in only six matches that spanned across 58 days and the 'part-time' offspinner has termed his recent performance as "crazy". For a team that was struggling three matches ago to replace Graeme Swann,...
  • Indians best players of spin - is that only a myth now? August 12, 2014

    Nineteen wickets for a part-time offspinner selected primarily to bat in the middle order is nothing short of a slap on India's face. It's like England saying: "We don't need a Graeme Swann to handle you, Moeen Ali is more than enough." The bearded Englishman is smiling slyly at No. 2...
  • How India can right their wrongs to save England series August 11, 2014

    "A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life." The plot for India to salvage lost pride in England is not as serious as the 2000 flick 'Gone in 60 seconds', but the...
  • Lack of fighting spirit by Team India shocks one and all August 11, 2014

    Manchester: As India surrendered the fourth Test in Manchester by an innings and 54 runs in less than three days, the five-match series shifted decisively in England's favour but the manner of defeats has definitely shocked everyone after the team's historic Lord's victory. It is now pegged at 2-1, after the...
  • Batsmen capitulate as India lose at Old Trafford August 10, 2014

    Indian batsmen failed to survive the session after tea and lost the fourth Test to England by an innings and 54 runs. ...
  • Do India need sweeping changes for the fifth Test? August 10, 2014

    Manchester: After India's abysmal defeat in the fourth Test in less than two and a half days - by virtue of which they now trail 1-2 in the series - Indian cricket need sweeping changes. It is all the more ironical that this should be the case for the Board of...
  • Cook surprised at India's meek surrender in one session August 10, 2014

    Manchester: Jubilant with his teams' thumping win at Old Trafford on Saturday, England skipper Alastair Cook expressed surprise at India's abject surrender in the fourth Test, which allowed the hosts to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Getting behind a 215-run lead, the visitors were shot out for just...
  • 4th Test: India crumble to a humiliating innings defeat at Old Trafford August 9, 2014

    Team India produced yet another horrible batting performance as they were crushed to a humiliating loss in the fourth Test by the hands of England at Old Trafford in Manchester on Saturday. Moeen Ali picked four for 39 as India were humiliated by an innings and 54 runs in the...
  • Aaron vows to bowl quick after impressive return August 9, 2014

    Manchester: After making an impressive return to the Indian fold, fast bowler Varun Aaron says he won't cut down on his pace despite having a history of suffering stress fractures. Aaron has so far dismissed three batsmen in England's first innings, pegging them back with two blows on day one and...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha's take on Moeen Ali's wristband row August 3, 2014

    England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on July 29. ...
  • Six-star Moeen Ali excites England coach August 2, 2014

    Old Trafford: Moeen Ali's performance in taking six wickets during England's first Test win in nearly a year has left national coach Peter Moores excited by the heights the offspinner could yet reach in international cricket. Ali's second-innings return of six for 67 was instrumental in skittling India out for 178...
  • Cook hails 'great win' as England snap winless streak August 1, 2014

    Southampton: England captain Alastair Cook was delighted by his side's dominant display after they beat India at Southampton on Thursday to record their first Test win in nearly a year. Their crushing 266-run success saw England end a run of 10 Tests without a win as they levelled a five-match series...
  • 3rd Test: India surrender at Southampton July 31, 2014

    Moeen Ali's maiden six-wicket haul in India's second innings helped England tie the five-match series 1-1, beating the visitors by 266 runs in the third Test. ...
  • Captain Alastair Cook all praise for England's new bowling hero Moeen Ali July 31, 2014

    Southampton: England captain Alastair Cook Thursday praised Moeen Ali and said the part-time spinner had improved "leaps and bounds" -- thanks to his stint with Worcestershire where he bowls with Pakistan offie Saeed Ajmal. Moeen Ali produced a match-winning spell, taking six wickets as India were bowled out for 178 in...
  • 3rd Test: England crush India by 266 runs to level series at 1-1 July 31, 2014

    India's inconsistency came back to haunt them at Southampton on Thursday as England completed a facile 266-run win over the visitors on the final day of the third Test to level the five-match series in style at 1-1. Needing just six wickets to win on day five, Moeen Ali added four...
  • ICC bans Moeen Ali from wearing 'Save Gaza' wristbands July 29, 2014

    England batsman Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing wristbands featuring the slogans "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday. Moeen, who is Muslim and of Pakistani descent, helped raise funds for charities working with those affected by the three-week conflict with Israel. He wore the...
  • ICC investigating England cricketer Moeen Ali's Gaza wristbands July 29, 2014

    Southampton: England cricketer Moeen Ali risked disciplinary action after the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Monday they were "investigating" his decision to wear wristbands in support of Gaza during the ongoing third Test match against India on Monday. Ali wore wristbands that read "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine", while batting during...
  • Senior players have got to look at their game, says coach Moores July 23, 2014

    London: Livid with England's performance so far in the ongoing Test series against India, coach Peter Moores feels the senior players need to raise their game by several notches for the side to make a comeback in the five-match series. England are trailing 0-1 in the series after losing by 95...
  • Match-winner Ishant needed convincing to go short July 22, 2014

    London: Ishant Sharma's short-pitched barrage inspired India to victory at Lord's on Monday, but the tall right-arm seamer needed more than a little convincing from his captain to attempt the match-winning tactic. Sharma took career-best figures of 7 for 74 as India claimed a 95-run victory to go 1-0 up in...
  • 2nd Test: India beat England by 95 runs to break 28-year Lord's jinx July 21, 2014

    Team India registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second Test at Lord's here Monday. Led by a ferocious Ishant Sharma, who bounced out England's batsmen with some relentless short-pitched bowling, India bundled out England for 223 to pull off a huge...
  • We will bat to win, says England assistant coach Farbrace July 21, 2014

    London: England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has said that his side will be turning up on day five with the intention to win this second Test against India at Lord's. At stumps on day four, the hosts were struggling at 105 for 4 in a chase of 319 runs for victory. "You've...
  • Scoring a hundred at Lord's is amazing: Ballance July 19, 2014

    London: England's century-maker on day two of the second Test versus India here, Gary Ballance on Friday said that his side needs to make use of the remaining wickets on day three and try to take a lead in the first innings. Ballance scored 110 runs and added to his century...
  • 2nd Test: Gary Ballance hundred cuts India's lead to 76 on Day 2 July 18, 2014

    Gary Ballance buried the criticism of his pre-match drinking binge with a fine century at Lord's on day two of the second Test against India, which took England within 76 runs of the visitors' first innings total of 295. Ballance scored 110 and added 98 in a fifth-wicket stand with Moeen...
  • England coach insists Cook will 'stay strong' July 15, 2014

    London: England captain Alastair Cook will "stay strong" in the remainder of the home series with India, according to coach Peter Moores after the opening batsman's struggles continued in the drawn first Test at Trent Bridge. The latest in a run of a low scores came at Nottingham where the left-hander...