Moeen hopes for more opportunities

19 July 2021 20:27:20 GMTPlus10

Moeen Ali says he was happy to seize his chance with England after a man-of-the-match performance in the second Twenty20 international against Pakistan.

The all-rounder hopes to have a similar impact in Tuesday's series decider at Old Trafford, where the hosts are 1.50 to beat 2.62 Pakistan and Moeen is 8.00 to be their top batsman.

I've just tried to be positive and play my best cricket when my chance comes.

Moeen Ali

The experienced Worcestershire man has had to be patient due to the fierce competition for places in England's white-ball teams, but he took his opportunity in style on Sunday.

Batting at number four, Moeen kickstarted England's innings with 36 off just 16 balls in partnership with Jos Buttler, who top-scored with 59 in a total of 200.

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And Moeen, along with fellow spinners Adil Rashid and Matt Parkinson, ensured that Pakistan never really threatened that target. He dismissed the dangerous Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman as England levelled the series with a 45-run victory.

The 34-year-old will be hoping for another outing on Tuesday, although England are committed to a rotation policy as part of their preparation for October's Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Speaking after the second T20, Moeen told Sky Sports: "I've come off the back of the IPL, where I was playing well and I didn't want to lose that confidence. I've just tried to be positive and play my best cricket when my chance comes.

"Being an all-rounder, you want to bat and bowl as much as you can. Sometimes it does make you feel like the role I have is 'bits and pieces'.

"I could have let it get me down a bit, but now I'm a bit older and a bit wiser, it's about keeping confident and hopefully the performances will take care of themselves."

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