England all-rounder Moeen Ali joined an elite list of cricketers when he became the 16th cricketer overall to make the double of 3000 runs and over 200 wickets in Test cricket. He added himself to the roster during his unbeaten coup on Day 2 in Manchester.
Ali also became the fourth England cricketer to score 3000 Test runs and take over 200 wickets. His England teammate Stuart Broad was the last cricketer from the country to achieve that feat.
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Ali now with Broad, Andrew Flintoff and Sir Ian Botham are the only four England cricketers with over 3000 Test runs and 200 Test wickets. The England all-rounder replaced Jack Leach after he was ruled out of the ongoing Ashes series with a stress fracture.
Moeen Ali joins the Elite roster
Over 3,000 runs and over 200 Test wickets for England:
Ian Botham 5,200 runs, 383 wickets
Andrew Flintoff 3845 runs and 226 wickets
Stuart Broad 3,640 runs and 600 wickets
Mooen Ali 3008 runs and 201 wickets
The England player played the first Test and was later dropped from the Lord’s Test with an injured index finger on his bowling arm. He returned to the playing XI in the third Test at Headingley and took two wickets in the game and played his part in his team’s victory.
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Moeen took the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne in the first innings at Manchester to give England a crucial breakthrough. He bowled a total of 17 overs in the first innings.
England are losing 2-1 in the series and need to win the current Test to keep the ashes series alive. The hosts have not won an Ashes Test in Manchester in 42 years.
If England win the Ashes series, they will become the second team to win the Ashes after being 2-0 down. Australia under Don Bradman became the first team to win an Ashes series with a 2-0 deficit in 1936/37.
When asked if this was the best Ashes series, he is part of Ben Stokes, he responded by saying “If we win this one and then go into the last game at 2-2, it would be hard not to say this is the best men’s Ashes series in a long time, if not the best,” Stokes said before the Test match began.
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