England’s stand-in skipper for the seven-match T20I series against Pakistan, Moeen Ali has heaped praises on youngster Harry Brook. The 35-year-old skipper called the young batsman a “real special player” for his 360-degree cricketing shots.
Ali also added that Brook will serve England’s cricket for many more years to come given that he plays copybook shots and has a rich repertoire of strokes up his sleeve.
Harry Brook hit a stellar unblemished knock to help England win the third T20I against Pakistan
The 23-year-old registered a quickfire unbeaten 81-run knock off just 35 deliveries at a towering strike rate of nearly 232 as England notched up a mammoth 221/3 in their third T20I at Karachi before the visitors restricted the hosts to 158/8 to complete a 63-run victory.
Brook also emerged the joint highest scorer for England with 34 runs in the fourth T20I, but the visitors narrowly lost the game by three runs as Pakistan levelled the seven-match series 2-2.
Moeen Ali opines Harry Brook is a complete player and batsman
“That right-hand, left-hand combination worked a treat and the pair complemented each other really well. The way they put the pressure on Pakistan immediately and didn’t let the spinner settle was great to watch. Duckett has looked superb as the series has gone on and in Brook, we have a real special player. He’s a talent that will be around for years to come. He took down pace and spin and the manner in which he picked the gaps was ridiculous. He had all the answers. Brooky really is a 360-degree player who plays proper cricket shots and he’s got all the tricks in the book — scoop, sweep, you name it, he has it,” said Moeen Ali.
Moeen went on to add that overall it has been a satisfying series for his side, given that there have been several positives on the tour of the sub-continent, with the returning Alex Hales too giving a great account of himself, scoring a half-century at the top in the opening match and then again giving a good start in the second T20I.