Cricket mad Moeen would play ‘every day’


England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he would play a cricket match every day if he could, and that he hates having to take a break from the game, even for a few weeks, because he misses it too much.

Moeen was England's third-best batsman during the Ashes Tests, despite batting as low down as eight, and is now being tipped to replace Adam Lyth all the way at the top of the order.

The Birmingham-born player says he loves playing for England, and wants to make his place in the team count, both on the field and off it, and says his passion comes 'from the heart'.

Moeen said on the ECB website of his love of the game and the team: "There is nothing better than playing for your country.

"You put the cap on, everyone shakes your hand, all that kind of stuff you never forget. Me and Chris Jordan made our debut on the same day and I remember fielding, he was at cover and I was at point, and we couldn't believe we were playing Test cricket.

"I always felt that if I was going to play for England that I wanted to make some sort of difference.

"I don't feel the pressure. I don't feel anything like that. I feel if I behave myself, as I should, I have a routine in my prayers, and then it honestly comes from the heart. It is something I generally want to do and I love doing it."

"I don't like having too much of a break. I probably have two weeks max without picking a bat up, but even in those two weeks I would probably do a bit of shadow batting, or anything, in my room at home in the mirror.

"If there was training every day it would be the best. If it was games every day it would be the best. I love it."

Moeen is set to play in the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia, more than likely opening the batting.