Moeen: I'd bat at number 11 if needs be

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Batsman Moeen Ali remained characteristically modest, as suggestions of a call-up to the Test squad increased this week.

Batsman Moeen Ali remained characteristically modest, as suggestions of a call-up to the Test squad increased this week.

Ali debuted in ODI and Twenty20 International cricket earlier this year – and has since gathered a fine stretch of form at first-class level.

Sunday, too, brought an outstanding century at The Oval, where an unbeaten 138 powered Worcestershire to a formidable start against Surrey.

"Of course it would be nice to play for England but I'm not thinking about that. I'd do any job they ask me to do," said Ali.

"I'd bat at number 11 if needs be. But I've shown I can excel at both disciplines for Worcestershire over the past few years so there is no reason why not."

The 26-year-old's climb to contention has been aided by burgeoning ability with the ball, as England seek a talented spinner to replace the veteran Graeme Swann, who retired from professional cricket late last year.

"I'm just taking one day at a time, helping Worcester win and hopefully get promotion," he added.

"If I don't get selected it doesn't worry me as I'll just play for Worcester and I'm happy doing that. There are some good players out there playing well so I'm easy to be honest."

England will face Sri Lanka in two Tests – at Lord's and this month. India's visit for five Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I will follow in July and August.

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