“We’re still in a winnable position,” says Moeen Ali
By SMCS - Jul 8, 2023 11:50 am
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England spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali said that they are in a winning position after a gripping Day 2 of the third Ashes Test at Headingley. The veteran stated that England can chase whatever target Australia set, given it’s a decent wicket to bat on as well. The hosts reduced Australia to 116-4 after conceding a 26-run lead as they managed only 237 on the board.

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England team

Speaking to BBC Test Match Special, he said: “We have a good chance. It’s pleasing the day actually ended up quite nicely and we’re still in a winnable position. Whatever they get we are going to have to try and chase. It’s still a decent wicket. We’ve got some brilliant players, the outfield is rapid and it takes a couple of guys to get in. I don’t know about the score – from this position we’d ideally like to chase 260.”

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Meanwhile, the veteran, returning to the team after missing the Lord’s Test, took the wickets of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith just when Australia were looking to build momentum as well. With that, he became only the third England spinner to claim 200 Test scalps. While Moeen Ali felt Australia gave away those two wickets easily, the veteran shared that he bowled equally well.

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Australia won the Ashes 2023 opener against England

“I’m pleased to reach 200. Those two wickets were gifted in a way but generally I bowled quite well. I didn’t think I was going to get any wickets on this, first innings I was bowling and it wasn’t spinning much, but today was nice because I tried to be aggressive and attacking,” he concluded.