‘Don’t think we’re the favourites for the World Cup… Australia & India are the two’- Moeen Ali speaks about England’s T20 World Cup plans

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England’s stand-in skipper Moeen Ali in the post-match press conference said that his team are not the favourites for the World Cup.

Instead, he said that India and Australia are the frontrunners when it comes to winning the World Cup.

Ali stated that England does have the batting depth but it’s still missing the key players.

The likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone did not participate in the T20I series against Pakistan.

Said Moeen Ali,

We’re really happy to win this series and we go to Australia in a really good position, but I don’t think we’re the favourites to win the World Cup. If I’m honest I don’t feel that way at all, but I know we are a very dangerous team to play and other teams will fear playing us. But I still think Australia and India are the two favourites.

England had lost the first two T20Is to Pakistan and were trailing 3-2 at one stage. But, the way they have played in the last two games in this series says a lot about their preparation.

Moeen further said,

We were disappointed in the end, because looking back I think if we’d been really on it we’d probably have won (the series) 6-1. But we are really in a good position. We had two must-win games and the way we have come back to win so comfortably was amazing to see.

In the 7th and final T20I, England amassed a massive 209/3 and then stopped Pakistan at 142/8.

Firstly, it was Harry Brook who emerged as the highest run-scorer for England in this series.

Secondly, it was Dawid Malan who smashed 78 not out from 47 balls that set the tone for England’s win.

Both players expressed their pleasure for having made their side win the all-important T20I series.

England now depart for Australia where they will play three T20Is against the hosts on October 9, 12 and 14.

After this, they will have a warm-up match with Pakistan yet again on the 17th of October after which they will embark upon their Super 12 campaign against Afghanistan in Perth on the 22nd of October.

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