Moeen takes inspiration from India's Raina

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he took heart from the way India's Suresh Raina scored his century earlier in the one-day series, showing attacking intent when his side was in trouble.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali says he took heart from the way India's Suresh Raina scored his century earlier in the one-day series, showing attacking intent when his side was in trouble.

With India already winning the ODI series, with one game to play, Moeen said he hoped to emulate that kind of spirit if he was moved up the order. He played only one match in the series, but scored 67 in Birmingham, batting at seven.

Moeen said ahead of the fifth match: "Watching someone like Suresh Raina, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he played. He took a few risks and they came off. He backed himself.

"I tried to copy it a little a bit," added Ali, who could well be promoted up the order from number seven on Friday. It's something I go back to a lot and probably should do all the time.

"Take it to them, there is no point in being the same and getting out the same way all the time. I'd rather get caught on the boundary or stumped trying to do something then try and knock it around all the time."

Moeen found himself the subject of jeering from the fans in Birmingham, despite it being his home town, from supporters who were backing India. He is of a Pakistani background, but hopes British Asians will start supporting England.

He said of the boos: "It doesn't really bother me. I just go out and block it out and try and play as best as I can. Obviously the noise for the India players was a lot more than ours but it doesn't bother me one bit.

"It just goes straight over my head. I think it's maybe because my background is from Pakistan but it doesn't bother me."

He added: "They've got a Brummy (Birmingham) accent or whatever and some of the chants are English chants. But it's just the way it is, hopefully over time we can change.

"I spoke to a lot of people and there were a lot of Asians there who were supporting England as well. But, obviously, the majority were supporting India."

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