Moeen got bowling advice from Bell

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has revealed that it wasn't one of the coaches that helped him improve his bowling in the series against India, but rather advice from batsman Ian Bell.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has revealed that it wasn't one of the coaches that helped him improve his bowling in the series against India, but rather advice from batsman Ian Bell.

Moeen was picked for his spin bowling, aside from his classy batting, but his first Test in Nottingham was unimpressive with the ball. He then got some help from Bell and umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who advised him to bowl quicker.

Moeen explained: "After the first Test at Trent Bridge, where I went for quite a few runs, I sat down and analysed it and felt the need for change.

"Belly took me to one side and said 'Look, this is what you've got to do to be consistent in the Test side – this is what Swanny (Graeme Swann) did, bowl quicker and straighter, especially on a first-day pitch.

"Then I went into the nets and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena was there, and I asked him 'as a former off-spinner, how can I bowl quicker without it being flat?'

"He said to me 'just grab your pocket as quickly as you can with your non-bowling arm'.

"As soon as I bowled one ball I knew it would work. That, for some reason, allows me to bowl quicker and straighter without being flat."

As for the controversial Save Gaza wristbands he wore earlier in the series, which the ICC told him to remove, Ali said it was a mistake as he'd purely forgotten to remove them before taking the field, and wasn't trying to make a political statement.

He added: "I didn't think it would be such a big deal. I just totally forgot I had them on when I went into bat.

"Obviously it all came out, but it didn't bother me one bit. I have to be a lot more careful. ICC didn't allow me to wear them and I accepted that.

"I have a lot of opinions on a lot of stuff, but it's not the time and place now to go into it. I wasn't trying to be political — it was just a humanitarian thing.

"I've got a lot of positive reaction and I'd really like to say thanks to the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) for supporting me about it."

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