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Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali

England England

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BORN June 18, 1987
BIRTH PLACE Birmingham, Warwickshire
ROLE All Rounder
batting 99 90
Bowling 45 28 90
All Rounder 12


Born in 1987 in the city of Birmingham, Moeen Ali is fondly known as 'the beard that's feared' in his hometown. He was a teenage prodigy and destined for success due to his extraordinary skill-set. Moeen was signed by Warwickshire as a 15-year-old and he didn't waste time in impressing one and all.

Ali also captained England in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup and took his team till the semi-final. Due to limited opportunities at Warwickshire, Moeen switched to the rival county team, Worcestershire. He played a vital role in his side winning the Pro-40 title in 2007 and one of his knocks, a blazing 46-ball century, was much-talked about. After working hard in the domestic circuit and showing his all-round abilities, the national selectors finally picked him for the ODI series against West Indies and the World T20 that followed.

It didn't take long for Moeen to break into the English Test team and that was also helped by the untimely retirement of Graeme Swann. His elegance with the bat and ability to bowl useful off-breaks played a big role in his selection. Ali made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's and in his very second Test, he almost saved the match for his team with a valiant century.

Considered as a part-time spinner, Moeen's career graph in Tests jumped to another level when he picked 19 wickets against the touring Indian team and surprised many. Always open to learning, it was later known that Ali benefited from the technical advice from Kumar Dharmasena, who was an umpire in the series. Post that, his Test career went from strength to strength and he established himself as a key member of the England unit. His career in the limited-overs cricket also went well side by side where he usually batted in the top order. However, things changed after the 2015 World Cup debacle and the selectors left him out of the ODI team so he could work on his red ball bowling.

The emergence of Alex Hales and Jason Roy at the top of the order increasingly made it tough for Moeen to get his place back but he never lost hope. Soon, he was picked by the selectors with a new role to bat in the lower order and his useful bowling worked as a plus point. In the year 2017, against the visiting South African team, Moeen Ali created a record by becoming the first player in Test history to take 25 wickets and score 250-plus runs in a 4-match Test series.

A player for all formats, Moeen has become a vital cog in England's game plan and his disciplined approach has given him and his team immense success.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3882 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5093 127
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
5 Australia 3518 107
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 5285 278
2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
5 South Africa 4380 258
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