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“It is a World Cup and a special one where all teams were good, but we weren’t just good” – Moeen Ali
By SMCS - Dec 8, 2023 11:14 am
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali opened up on batters being out of form and low on confidence which hurt them during their poor 2023 World Cup campaign in India as well. Considered among the heavy favourites to defend the title, England managed to win only three of their nine games. While they eventually finished sixth, during the World Cup, England were at the bottom of the points table for a long time.

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Moeen Ali failed to execute the shot

Speaking to Gulf News, Ali added, “I think the confidence was very low and nobody was in form. And to some of us, it was becoming more internal. Sometimes the harder you try, the worse you get. I think we’ve been playing so well for 10 years before that.”If you look at the best teams, India, who played well, were aggressive, South Africa were generally aggressive and so were the Australians. We just couldn’t do what we normally do and the timing was really bad.”

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Meanwhile, Moeen Ali further added that the batters were woefully out of form after several years of stunning performances. However, Moeen Ali was a key part of England’s poor show, enduring a dismal tournament with bat and ball. The veteran scored only 95 runs in six innings at an average of 15.83 and scalped five wickets at an average of almost 50 as well.

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Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid

“We didn’t play well throughout the World Cup. The batters were out of form and it happens in cricket. We’ve been so good over a long period of time now, but it is just one of those things that we just didn’t perform. It is a World Cup and a special one where all teams were good, but we weren’t just good,” Ali added.

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“We have played a lot in India before. All depends on the wickets and the ground etc, So we had the spinners but didn’t have enough runs on the board. Everything went wrong. We want to try and win again. I feel we are a better Twenty20 side. I’m sure we will come back stronger,” Moeen Ali concluded.