Moeen Ali finds it difficult to bat at number seven

Moeen Ali finds it difficult to bat at number seven

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been one of the most consistent performer for his side, in recent times. His contribution with both bat and ball has always been helpful for England in all three formats of the game.

But Moeen Ali’s performance with the bat is not that good as compared to his bowling. He thinks the reason is batting at number seven position, which is tough to him. “I find batting at number seven tough. But I’m trying to get better at it,” he told the reporters.

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The 29-year old cricketer said it would be more easier for him to contribute to his team with some better knocks if could go to bat early as he was used to batting at the opening position in the county cricket.

“In county cricket and when I played first for England I opened the batting. I can beat the field in the first few overs and then later on I can play a few more shots. When I’m in, I feel I can hit decent- sized sixes… But it’s not easy for someone like me, who probably can’t hit sixes like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and hit the gas like those guys.”

However, the right-arm off-spinning allrounder has no plans to copy his muscular team mates as he is more interested to keep his batting as natural as possible.

“I find if I work on power-hitting I lose my rhythm. I just try to keep it as natural as possible. Even towards the end of my innings (in Leeds) there were a couple I tried to slog and I lost my shape.”