Moores banks on more success from Moeen

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Coach Peter Moores has all but confirmed the talented Moeen Ali as England's first-choice Test spin bowler for the foreseeable future.

Coach Peter Moores has all but confirmed the talented Moeen Ali as England's first-choice Test spin bowler for the foreseeable future.

Ali delivered a telling six-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the third Test against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton recently, carrying the hosts to a series-leveling triumph ahead of matches four and five in Manchester and London respectively.

"Moeen keeps getting better. And he's getting better quickly. To get people like Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli out – they are high-class players of spin – is a very good sign for Moeen for the future," enthused Moores.

"Moeen is in the side as a batter and a very rapidly emerging spin bowler. He does two things that are essential for a top-flight spinner: he attacks both edges. He gets great drift and he turns the ball.

"He spins the ball hard. Without those two things, it is very difficult. If you only attack one edge of the bat, people can work you out quite fast. But because Moeen creates drift, there is a challenge for all batsmen."

Moores, too, praise the positive influence of the veteran Ian Bell. The stalwart right-hander is arguably the country's best batsman against spin bowling – and struck a fine century at the Rose Bowl last week.

"Bell was batting in the nets and talked to Moeen about the paces and lines that he would find challenging. Bell is a fantastic player of spin so feeding back to one of his team-mates, 'Well, actually, I find that really difficult or that pace is quite nice for me,' is what good teams should do. It is still up to Mo what he decides to do, but you improve because you talk and work with people," added Moores.

"The quality of his bowling has improved. Test cricket is about how rapidly people grow in it and he's grown very quickly as a bowler. Hopefully, that carries on. He's a very sensible lad, he knows he's got to keep doing a lot of work."

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