England spinner Moeen Ali has revealed that the amount of spin on offer from the Oval pitch for the first ODI against Australia surprised him.
Moeen took 3/43 as Australia were bowled out for 214 setting up a three wicket win for the hosts.
The spin-bowling allrounder felt it was important that England made a statement in the first match of this series after going down to Scotland on Sunday in Edinburgh.
Moeen told TMS: “We were a bit anxious after the Scotland game and the most important thing was to just get the win. Hopefully now we can kick on.
“Eoin Morgan felt after my first over there was a bit of spin and I had decent control. This time I managed to bowl my overs early. The wicket spun more than we thought it would and we bowled quite tightly. To have them five-down early was crucial for us.”
Moeen was one of a number of England batsman to lose their wickets cheaply in what appeared to be a jittery chase but he insisted that the dressing room did not have any air of panic even after he became the seventh man back in the hut.
David Willey held his nerve to power England over the line and continue their recent dominance over Australia in ODI cricket, this was their eighth win in the last ten matches against the men from down under.
“We bat all the way down so we weren’t too nervous after losing those few wickets in the chase.”
Brathwaite converted his overnight 20 into the first-half century of the match from 113 balls.
The tourists had five wickets intact at tea.
Broad missed out on selection as England went with James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood for the first Test.
Adair made his Test and ODI debuts against England last year.
England were dismissed for 204.
Holder claimed six England wickets.
Holder claimed career-best figures of six for 42 to put Ben Stokes’ side under pressure.
The hosts had resumed on 35 for one after a rain-ruined start to the series.
Morgan explained in May that “more time” is needed before Hales is integrated back into the side.
Ben Stokes’ 43 was the best his team could muster in response but even that required two drops in the outfield.