English all-rounder Moeen Ali is unsure how they will tackle Virat Kohli in the upcoming tests against India and believes the batting maestro will be more motivated to shoot after missing his side’s incredible triumph in Australia.
Kohli, who had returned home after the opening test debacle against Australia for the birth of his child, is back as team captain in the four-game series against England, from by February 5.
“How do we get him out? He’s obviously an amazing, world-class player, he’s very motivated to do well and I’m sure he will be even more motivated after playing well in Australia and having had to leave for the birth of her child, ”Moeen told reporters on a video conference.
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“I don’t know how we’re going to get him out because I don’t think he’s got any weakness, but we’ve got a good bowling attack, some rhythm in the lineup.
“He’s a great guy and a good friend of mine – we don’t talk too much about cricket. We do a little bit but not too much.”
Back in the fold after recovering from COVID-19, Moeen said he still has a “winning performance” in him and is ready to take on India.
Besides the tests, India and England will play three ODI and five T20I.
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Moeen said playing Test cricket was his “biggest motivation” and that he had “small goals” which he wanted to achieve in the upcoming series.
“Whether I get picked or not is another matter … in terms of being ready to play, I think I’ll be fine to play, I’ll be ready. I’ve waited long enough,” he said .
“I still feel like I have wickets and leads in me and winning performances in me. I have small goals that I want to achieve first. I’m not too far off having 200 wickets. “
The versatile English Moeen Ali is convinced to do well in the next tests against India. – Getty Images
“I know people say they don’t watch these things, but it would be something that I would watch. Then I would set another goal after that.”
The 33-year-old tested positive for COVID-19 when the England team arrived in Sri Lanka and missed both tests there, which the visitors won in a serial sweep.
“I’m fine now. Once I tested positive I just wanted to be done and really be done with it. It’s been tough but I’m a big fan of ‘after hardship comes easy’. I hope. that it will be easy after that, ”said Moeen, who only had five or six sessions net because of the time he had to spend in quarantine.
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Moeen, who has 181 wickets and 2,782 cricket test races, had taken a break from the traditional format after missing a full contract in 2019.
“I enjoyed the break and played a few leagues around the world … but ultimately it was the cricket test that I missed.
“When you play test cricket you’re on top of your hitting and bowling game; your technique. I don’t think it’s great when you’re just playing white ball,” he says.
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Moeen said red ball cricketer is a better T20 cricketer.
“When you play red ball cricket you hit a lot more balls, you bowling a lot more too. With Twenty20 cricket, as much as it hits six, four, etc., your basic technique should be good. He said.
“It doesn’t surprise me that Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are the two best players in T20 and they play test cricket. Their defense is pretty solid and it gives you more confidence. When I was playing all forms I was playing test cricket. felt better with my white ball. ”