New Delhi: Stand-in England captain Moeen Ali feels other teams will fear facing his side at the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, he aslo admitted that instead of England, Australia and India are the favorites for the tournament.
England beat Pakistan 4-3 in seven-match series
Yesterday, England defeated Pakistan by 4-3 in the seven-match series where England scored a massive 209/3 in the final match and then restricted Pakistan to 142/8 to win the series decider.
Pakistan was in the lead with 3-2 at the end of the fifth T20I. But England made a great comeback from behind to win the last two matches and eventually, the series.
PAK vs ENG: Post-match Interview
After winning the match Moeen said, “We’re really happy to win this series and we go to Australia in a really good position, but I don’t think we’re favorites for the World Cup. If I’m honest I don’t feel that way at all, but I know we are a very dangerous team to play and other teams will fear playing us. But I still think Australia and India are the two favorites.”
“We were disappointed in the end, because looking back I think if we’d been really on it we’d probably have won (the series) 6-1. But we are in a really good position. We had two must-win games and the way we have come back to win so comfortably was amazing to see,” he added.
Moeen went on to praise his side’s depth in the squad, who stood up to the occasion in absence of key players like Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Ben Stokes in the playing eleven.
The stand-in England captain said, “We have players to come in who can make a difference but this shows the depth we have in our squad as well. The batters put on a really good score.”
“You could easily lose confidence with the bat after the two games when we didn’t chase totals down but credit to the boys for the way they played. Our bowling was outstanding again. Throughout the series I think we bowled really well,” he added
Player of the Series: Harry Brook
England’s young batsman Harry Brook was the leading-run scorer in the series with 238 runs at an average of 79.33 and was awarded ‘Player of the Series’.
Brook said, “I have just tried to hit the ball straight and play the ball on its merit. I look to hit straight first but if there is a gap then I will try and manipulate the field.”
“We’ll see if I play when we get to the T20 World Cup but all the lads are looking forward to getting out there and getting going,” he added.
Player of the Match: Dawid Malan
In the series decider, left-handed batsman Dawid Malan slammed an unbeaten 78 runs off 47 balls to set the base for England’s win at Lahore on Sunday and was named ‘Player of the Match’.
Malan said, “We saw this as a final so to be able to do it under pressure and put on a big score like that was fantastic for us as a batting unit. Our bowlers learned from the lessons – bowling into the wicket, changing pace – and did fantastically well to defend our total.”
What’s next for England
England will now travel to Australia to prepare for the T20 World Cup, with three T20s against hosts Australia on October 9, 12 and 14. It will be followed by a warm-up match against Pakistan on October 17 before starting their Super 12 campaign against Afghanistan in Perth on October 22.