Moeen Ali, an all-rounder for England, believes that England is the favourite for the postponed fifth Test against India at Edgbaston because of their stellar performance, which included a 3-0 clean sweep of New Zealand in the most recent Test series at home.
Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket in September of last year, citing a lack of enjoyment while playing under the then-England team management of Joe Root (skipper) and Chris Silverwood (coach).
“If this series had ended last year, India might have won.” If you had questioned me 4-5 weeks ago, I would’ve predicted India’s victory. But now I believe England will come out on top. “India is a little undercooked,” Moeen said from Birmingham on Tuesday.
“India had four games under their belt last year.” They have had a practice match and some net training this time. England, in my viewpoint, are the favorite right now because they have just started playing three good Tests and are playing very confidently, especially in comparison to last year.”
“Their attitude has shifted, and they are now playing positive cricket. India will remain extremely difficult” Moeen said.
‘India would miss skipper Rohit Sharma’: Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali, who played his final Test at the Oval during the incomplete series last year, predicted that India would be miss captain Rohit Sharma and star opening batsman KL Rahul, who is out with a groin injury. The team’s performances throughout the early games of that series, in which India now leads 2-1, were both excellent.
“I also think that the KL Rahul and Rohit combo, especially with the way they batted last year, were the real difficulty (for England) because they were frequently providing India wonderful starts and seeing off the new ball. Rohit might not make it, and KL Rahul is a major loss. Therefore, in my opinion, England is the favourite” said Moeen Ali
The fifth Test match between India and England will take place at Edgbaston on Friday, July 1. Despite Team India’s Covid-19 hit, England will start as the favourite because of their recent strong play.