Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Heat Is on - but Ali's Pleased with a Workout

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Heat Is on - but Ali's Pleased with a Workout

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MOEEN Ali revealed England's warm-up win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board Select XI gave him and fellow spinner Adil Rashid an insight into how they should bowl ahead of the one-day series.

England began their tour of Bangladesh with a four-wicket victory in Fatullah, where Moeen excelled with the bat as his 70 in a 139-run partnership with Jos Buttler helped the tourists over the line.

However, it is with the ball he and Rashid are expected to make more of an impact against the Tigers in three ODIs, the first of which is in Dhaka tomorrow, and two Tests on pitches which are usually conducive to spin.

Moeen bowled tidily, if unspectacularly, although Rashid seemed to be targeted and sent down plenty of loose deliveries as he finished with figures of one for 76 from his 10 overs in sweltering temperatures and overpowering humidity.

Moeen, though, was glad for the workout and believes his and Rashid's experience of playing in the United Arab Emirates last winter, where they helped England win the ODI series against Pakistan, will prove beneficial.

He said: "I've played in Bangladesh about four or five times now and yesterday was a bit of a reminder if you get a little bit full and above the eyeline then they're just going to hit you no matter what.

"It's different bowling to these guys here (than it is in England), it's almost like bowling in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the one-dayers, where as soon as you go up and down they're just going to look to take you down.

"Most of the time with my role, I'll probably look to keep the economy down, be happy with them taking singles, and try and get wickets through bowling two or three dots.

"Adil cramped up a little bit yesterday, he struggled a little bit with the heat, but he's fine.

"He told me now he knows how these guys play. Yesterday was more of a practice to see what type of bowling he'll have to bowl here, similar to the UAE against these guys, so he's pretty happy. …

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