England all-rounder says his understanding of Urdu helped him warn his skipper of Pakistan’s plan
England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who is of Pakistani descent, has revealed the secret behind captain Alastair Cook’s magnificent stand of 263 runs in the first innings.
Moeen said his understanding of the Urdu language helped him decipher Pakistan’s plan to account for Cook.
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“I can understand what they’re saying so when I heard their plan for Cooky I was telling him what it was,” said Moeen, quoted by Daily Mail.
“It was good. I was just doing a job for the team and trying to give us a good start. There was scoreboard pressure but I really enjoyed it and I felt I could play properly again. I felt like a batter.”
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Moeen added that Pakistan has been sent on the back foot due to England’s fifth day heroics against them.
“We’ve given Pakistan a bit of a nudge and caught them off-guard a bit in that last session,” said Moeen, who opened for the first time in a first-class match in the first Test.
“It’s given us confidence for the rest of the series. I think they’re a bit more aware now and they know we have a good chance of winning the series.”
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Moeen also talked about his role as an opener for England saying that he needs to score runs top of the order to be inducted in that position for a longer time.
“I’ve got to score some runs before I can think of doing it for years. I just want to keep giving England a good start which is really important here. If I can score runs I will stay there for as long as I can.
“I didn’t think about the time in the field. It was a chance to bat on one of the flattest pitches I’ve ever batted on. It was different to batting at eight. I have to bat depending on the conditions.
“I didn’t mean to bat any more slowly than usual. They bowled straight and they had a man back for the spinner because they probably knew I like to attack them.”
The 28-year-old said the Dubai pitch will have more juice of the bowlers and will be difficult to bat on as compared to the dead Abu Dhabi pitch.
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“Batting will be tougher here than it was in Abu Dhabi but we’ve got some very good players of spin and I think Rooty is the best player of spin in the world so we will go into the game with a lot of confidence.
“I think it will be good for me and Rash. I think they will come at us in a different way after what happened on the last afternoon.
“There was a bit of pressure on them then and after Younis Khan was out we felt we had a chance. I was a bit surprised when Misbah came at me but it was great to get him because he’s a good player of spin.”