Former England cricketer Darren Gough believes Moeen Ali is the key player for England in their upcoming match against Australia in the T20 World Cup. Gough was also surprised that Moeen hadn’t played many games for the English side.
Ahead of the crucial match against Australia, England is unlikely to make any changes to their winning team. They’ve looked extremely solid in all three departments and Gough feels Moeen is probably the key.
“I was surprised he hasn’t played more. It’s always ‘can we fit him in with Rashid?’. If it were up to me, he’d have been playing all the time. I’m a massive fan of Moeen in all formats – terrific talent and a good leader as well.”
“What’s helped is getting into that side [Chennai Super Kings], full of talent, and play a big part, it will give him massive confidence. Even against Bangladesh, he went for 10 in his first over, but he came back and picked up two wickets and altered his length,” Gough said at the launch of Booking.com’s “Best of Rivals” campaign for the World Cup.
“I think Australia’s bowling is their strength now” – Darren Gough
Darren Gough analyzed the Aussie lineup, claiming their bowling as the biggest strength. Aaron Finch and co. have also won both their matches and part of it is because of the excellent bowling attack that comprises Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood.
“Their strength is their bowling. Australia their strength has always been batting with a couple of guns with the ball, but I think now it’s their bowling. They’ve got a lot of pace. If [Glenn] Maxwell gets going we’ve seen what he can do, and Finch and Warner are two guys who have got terrific experience.”
“Warner had a disappointing IPL, dropped by his franchise, Finch didn’t get picked up in the last auction, [Steve] Smith, he got dropped by Delhi. But Maxwell’s the danger man coming down the order,” Gough added.
The match between England and Australia will take place on October 30 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. A win for either side virtually guarantees a place in the semifinals.