|Full name||Moeen Munir Ali|
18 June 1987 |
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
|Nickname||Mo, The Beard That's Feared|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm off break|
|Relations||Kadeer Ali (brother)
Kabir Ali (cousin)
|Test debut (cap 662)||12 June 2014 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||9–13 June 2014 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 232)||28 February 2014 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||5 March 2014 v West Indies|
|ODI shirt no.||57|
|Domestic team information|
|2007–present||Worcestershire (squad no. 8)|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, 24 June 2014|
Moeen Munir Ali (born 18 June 1987) is an English cricketer of Pakistani descent. He is a left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler who played county cricket for Warwickshire before moving to Worcestershire after the 2006 season. As of 2014, Ali is a regular on England's Twenty20 International side. He won Warwickshire's NBC Denis Compton Award in both 2004 and 2005.
Ali signed for Warwickshire aged just 15, hitting a half-century for the county's Second XI a few days before his 16th birthday. After more games at this level in 2004, and a first outing for England Under-19s against their Bangladeshi counterparts he spent the succeeding winter playing for the Under-19s on their tour of India.
2005 saw Ali make his first-class debut, against Cambridge University in May. He impressed with the bat, making 57 not out in his only innings, and sent down two overs for 15 runs. Playing that summer against Sri Lankan Under-19s, he starred in the final "Test" by making 52 not out and 100 not out (the latter innings from 56 balls) and claiming seven wickets. He was then selected for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Sri Lanka, and was immediately promoted to captain by coach Andy Pick. He made three half-centuries in the tournament, and took seven wickets.
Ali got a few more opportunities for his county in 2006, playing his first List A games. The first of these came against Derbyshire, where he dismissed Steffan Jones to claim his maiden first-team wicket. He also took his first wickets in first-class cricket, and his first three victims were all Test players: Stuart Law, Dominic Cork and Dave Mohammed. With the bat he scored 68 on his County Championship debut against Nottinghamshire, then equalled that score against Durham.
Ali's opportunities were somewhat limited, however, and Alex Loudon took his place in the side. In July 2006, with the expiry of his Warwickshire contract mere months away, Ali brushed off rumours of a move to Worcestershire, saying "I don't know anything about it", but in September it was announced that Ali would indeed be leaving to join that county. The player himself said that he had been impressed by Worcestershire and felt it gave him the best prospects of furthering his career.
He made his debut for Worcestershire in their ten-wicket win over Loughborough UCCE on 25 April 2007, but had a rather poor game, returning 0–92 off 16 overs and being dismissed for 12 in his only innings.
Ali's highest first-class score of 250, scored against Glamorgan at New Road, featured a partnership of 219 with Matt Pardoe.
At the end of the 2010 season Worcestershire secured promotion to the first division of the County Championship. After he was overlooked by the England Lions and England Performance Programme at the end of the 2010 English season, Moeen opted to play club cricket in Bangladesh at the suggestion of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib played for Worcestershire as their overseas player in 2010 and the link with the club led to Moeen representing Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Ispahani Premier Division.
During the 2011 season Moeen spent three weeks as Worcestershire's acting captain while the usual club captain, Daryl Mitchell was injured. Though he had captained England Under-19s, it was the first time he filled the role for his county. As he was inexperienced, Moeen approached senior players Vikram Solanki and Ben Scott for advice.
Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was Worcestershire's overseas player for a short time in 2011 and while at the club encouraged Moeen to try bowling the doosra. Moeen had to wait until July before registering his first century of the season, and his first since September the previous year. His innings of 158 runs from 244 balls against Somerset was in vain as Worcestershire succumbed to an innings defeat. The following month Moeen twice scored a century in the Clydesdale Bank 40 only for Worcestershire to lose, against Sussex and the Netherlands. In the first match against Sussex he passed his previous best score of 136 in List A cricket, scoring 158 runs from 92 balls. In Worcestershire's first season back in the first division, Moeen scored 930 runs in the County Championship, making him the club's second-highest run scorer in the competition behind Solanki. Moeen average 33.21 runs per innings and scored a single century. On the back of his performances for Worcestershire, Moeen was included in the 13-man England Development squad which trained in late 2011.
In February 2012, before the start of the English season, Worcestershire's director of cricket Steve Rhodes commented "[Moeen's doosra is] not too difficult to pick at the moment but he's learning a few tricks and he’s got other things up his sleeve ... It’s a work in progress". His cousins, Kabir Ali and Kadeer Ali, also play first-class cricket for Lancashire and Gloucestershire respectively, while his brother Omar has played in the Minor Counties Championship for Herefordshire.
After the departure of former England international Vikram Solanki at the end of the 2012 season Ali was handed a new 5 year contract.
A purple patch of form including five consecutive 50s saw Ali called up to the England Lions where he scored 61 runs against Australia with many calling for him to be selected for the full side.
Moeen averaged 62 in Division 2, totalling 1375 runs altogether - the highest of any batsmen in first class cricket and finished with 4 centuries and 8 fiftys as well as 28 wickets. He was awarded county cricket's MVP award beating Samit Patel on the final day of the season and was also named PCA player of the year. Ali was also called up to the England development squad ahead of their Australian Ashes tour.
Tour of West Indies
Moeen was included in the English Squad for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Before the tournament, the squad played the West Indies in a limited overs series. Making his ODI debut against the West Indies on 28 February 2014, he scored 44 runs before being dismissed and took his maiden ODI wicket. In the second match he made ten runs and took figures of 1-11. Moeen was again impressive in the third match, making his first half century in a score of 55. He ended up scoring 109 runs and picking up 3 wickets in the three match series. He made his T20 debut in the second match of the T20 series, although he scored just 3 runs and did not bowl. In the final match of the series he batted at 7 but was ran out for 3 runs.
2014 World T20
Moeen was a part of England's world T20 squad. He managed 49 runs in 4 matches and ending up wicketless. His tournament got of to a good start with him hitting 36 against New Zealand, and bowling 1 over for 7 runs. In the second game against Sri Lanka, he was dismissed for a first ball duck, although only four runs came of his over. Against South Africa he managed 10 runs and bowled two overs for 17 runs. He had a poor final match against the Netherlands, bowling 1 over 13 runs and being dismissed for just 3.
Moeen was named in the England Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka, before making his debut in the first Test. Ali made a score of 48 in the initial innings but only made 4 in the second. However, in the second Test of the series he made his maiden century in the second innings having started the final day with England on 57 for 5. Despite a valiant effort, England were denied a draw when Jimmy Anderson was caught off the penultimate ball of the match having survived 55 balls.
Records and statistics
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- "Worcestershire v Glamorgan at Worcester, Jun 20-23, 2013 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". ESPN Cricinfo. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Worcestershire win promotion with victory over Sussex, BBC Sport, 16 September 2010, retrieved 2012-04-05
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- Bolton, Paul (6 June 2011). "Moeen's captaincy stint whets appetite for more". The Cricketer. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- Bolton, Paul (28 February 2012). "Saeed Ajmal helps Moeen to perfect his doosra". The Cricketer. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "Moeen hundred sets up Worcestershire". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "f53297 Worcestershire v Somerset: LV County Championship 2011 (Division 1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "a21460 Sussex v Worcestershire: Clydesdale Bank 40 2011 (Group A)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "Barresi heroics overturn Moeen ton". Cricinfo. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "Batting and fielding in LV County Championship 2011 (ordered by runs)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "England youngsters set for busy winter". Cricinfo. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
- "West Indies v England: Michael Lumb's ton fails to prevent loss". BBC Sport. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
- "Chris Jordan, Sam Robson & Moeen Ali in England Test squad". BBC Sport. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, 1st Test: England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Jun 12-16, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.