‘We’ve Done it All Around The World’: Moeen Ali Says England Will Maintain Aggressive Batting in Bangladesh

Last Update: February 28, 2023, 21:26 IST

England are in Bangladesh for six white-ball matches.  (AP Photo)

England are in Bangladesh for six white-ball matches. (AP Photo)

Since their disastrous campaign in the 2015 ODI World Cup, England have revived their fortunes in dramatic fashion by adopting an aggressive mindset with the bat, which has paid rich dividends.

All-rounder Moeen Ali on Tuesday said that England will retain their aggressive batting in the upcoming one-day international series against Bangladesh even on slow pitches in the host country.

“We have done it around the world. It is a different challenge and maybe a different plan, but the mindset is always the same,” Moeen told a press conference in Dhaka.

“If somebody bowls poorly on any kind of surface, you try and keep him away. So yes, we are confident, we have prepared players to play well here.”

England, the reigning world champions in both white-ball formats, are in Bangladesh to play three One Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

The series begins in Dhaka on Wednesday and the visitors are expected to test a strong ODI team Bangladesh at home.

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England have gone on the offensive after their premature exit in 2015 World Cup when they lost to Bangladesh in Adelaide.

This change has been rewarded in the form of a 50-over World Cup title at home in 2019 and a Twenty20 World Cup in Australia last year.

However, a drop in form saw them win just two of their last 10 ODIs, giving Bangladesh some confidence ahead of the series.

Bangladesh have won 12 of their last 15 ODIs, and have lost only one ODI series at home since 2015, which was against England.

Moeen said that despite Bangladesh’s impressive record at home, they have nothing to fear.

“There is nothing to fear… We know they are a good team and here they are batting. They have got some very good batsmen, Liton Das, Tamim (Iqbal). These guys are very good players. And the bowling is very good.

“So it’s not about being afraid of anybody, it’s just about being on our game and being good,” he said.

“It doesn’t really matter who the favorites are. I think Bangladesh are very good in their conditions.

“And we know we’ve lost eight of the last 10, but we’re also world champions and have done well,” he added.

“Recently we haven’t really had our best team for a long time. But obviously Woody (Mark Wood) is here. Jofra (Archer) is here and we’ve got new players like Will Jack… so the players It’s so exciting to have this group of people here.”

The second ODI of the series will be held in Dhaka on March 3 and the third match will be held in Chittagong on March 6.

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The ODI series will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals, starting in Chittagong on 9 March and returning to Dhaka on 12 and 14 March.

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