England off-spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali believes that it is premature to assume that it will be an India-England final at the ICC T20 World Cup later this year, stating that no one can write off the likes of Australia, Pakistan, or New Zealand.
England will be one of the leading contenders in the T20 World Cup and while Ali admitted that, he also reckoned that with T20 being a fickle format, it is important for the Eoin Morgan-led unit to continue nailing its skills and not worry about the results.
“It would be wrong to assume that the Twenty20 World Cup will be a battle between India and England. You can’t write off teams like Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. The Twenty20 format is such that anyone can beat any opponent and teams like Bangladesh are also dangerous. We are a strong team but it’s important that we nail our skills, and the results will then take care of themselves. If we play to the standard that we can, we feel we can beat anybody.” said Moeen Ali during an interview with PakPassion.net.
India and England played a very high-quality five-match T20I series last month. While England won two of the first three T20Is, Virat Kohli’s men came back brilliantly to win the last two must-win games to take the rubber 3-2.
Speaking on the importance of playing a high-quality team like India in the conditions where the T20 World Cup will take place, Moeen Ali said that the rubber helped England learn about their own strength and the opposition’s weakness and vice-versa for the home team.
”There was some very high-quality cricket out there from both sides. We learnt a lot as a team, and this will be invaluable when we come back to play the Twenty20 World Cup. The Twenty20 series was huge as both sides will have learnt a lot about each other’s strengths and weaknesses. India has some brilliant players so they rotated their squad and we made good use of the experience of playing out there. All said and done, it was brilliant preparation for both squads.” he added.