Moeen back to his best after Birmingham


England all-rounder Moeen Ali was relieved to get two good scores on the board in the third Test against Pakistan, saying that his efforts at Edgbaston were his best of the home summer so far.

Moeen was excellent lower down the order, making 86 not out in the second innings, and then took two wickets on day five, including the final scalp to win the game after tea.

He said after the match on Test Match Special: "I think so [this was the best I’ve played this summer]. I went out and played my normal game. I didn't mean to go out so quickly, it just happened.

"It's fantastic to be man of the match here. We thought their tail was quite long and if we got them five or six wickets down, we'd be OK.

"As a team we were fantastic, it just shows how good the team we have is. We were behind the eight-ball a little bit, but fought back brilliantly 

"Our seamers were fantastic, it showed how good they are today on a flat pitch."

Of his batting, he added on Sky sports that he'd worked hard after two failures in the first Test: "I was pretty embarrassed after Lord’s and I’ve worked quite hard with Ramps [batting coach Mark Ramprakash] on my defence, so I’m really happy with how I played.

"I just tried to play the situation [at Edgbaston], I never really thought about it too much. But I simply reacted to the ball, and I feel like I’d prepared pretty well going into the Test. 

"Pakistan were tiring a little bit Saturday night and we’d said that they had bowled really well up until that point, but then batting with Jonny [Bairstow] he makes you run.

"I didn’t mean to go out and play so freely, it just happened, and I watched the ball, reacted to it and played to my instincts. But obviously that partnership was very crucial."