The England cricket team is set to persist with all-rounder Moeen Ali batting at No. 3 for the remaining two Test matches of the Ashes series against Australia. Moeen Ali will reportedly continue to bat in the top order for the upcoming matches.
Moeen Ali was promoted to the No. 3 position in the batting order in the second innings of the Test match at Headingley. Unfortunately this decision did not work out for England as Australian pacemaker Mitchell Starc dismissed him for just five runs.
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Moeen Ali ready to bat at No. 3
According to reports from The Guardian, the direction of the England team will continue to persist with Moeen Ali in the No. 3 position. The all-rounder is ready to work hard at net to improve his hitting against the ball on the move. Moeen will work on his glitches before the fourth Task.
Harry Brook batted in the top order in the first innings of the match, but was only able to score three runs before being dismissed by Australian captain Pat Cummins. However, Brook scored a match-winning half-century in the second innings after returning to his usual position.
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The 24-year-old hit 75 runs from 93 balls to help the team successfully chase a target of 251 runs on the fourth day of the match. Moeen Ali will have a chance to hit at No. 3 in the upcoming game, allowing Root and Brook to continue hitting at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
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Team management ready to back Jonny Bairstow
The report further added that the team’s management is keen to back goalkeeper Jonny Bairstow for the final two Tests, despite his low scores in the ongoing series. Bairstow hasn’t been at his best behind stumps during the series, missing stumps and dropping catches.
The right-handed batsman scored a 78-ball 78-run half-century in the first innings of the series opener at Edgbaston. However, he failed to impress with the bat in subsequent games. It is unlikely that the team led by Ben Stokes will choose Ben Foakes for the remaining games of the series.
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