Joe Root delighted with Moeen Ali’s best performance in England shirt

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was all praise for Moeen Ali after the off-spinner wreaked havoc to guide the home team to series-clinching victory over India in the fourth Test in Southampton on Sunday.Moeen, who returned to the side after missing the first three Tests against India, picked 9 wickets in the match to help England win the Test by 60 runs and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5-match series.England bowled India out for 184 in their second innings after setting a tricky 245-run target.A gritty 101-run partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had raised India’s hope after they lost three early wickets in their chase.Also Read – Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enoughBut when captain Kohli was dismissed for a fighting 58 by Moeen Ali just before tea India’s resistance crumbled and they lost their last six wickets for 51 runs.Southampton Test: Kohli and Rahane heroics not enough, India lose series to EnglandRecalled off-spinner Moeen also claimed the wicket of Rahane (51) and ended with figures of four for 71, having bagged five wickets in India’s first innings.Ravichandran Ashwin blazed away for a spirited 25 to keep England waiting before Sam Curran finished it off by trapping him lbw.”Today was probably the best I’ve seen him [Moeen] bowl in an England shirt. Really excites me. When you’re in the form he’s in, it’s a nice luxury to have,” Root said at the post match presentation ceremony.India vs England 4th Test Day 4: HighlightsadvertisementRoot also hailed the performance of Sam Curran, who scored 78 and 46 and picked two wickets in the match.”He [Curran] has, not just in this game but throughout the series. For a young guy to have such an influence is outstanding,” Root said.Virat Kohli first Indian to score 4000 runs as Test captainRoot said the lower-order batsmen have been England’s strength in the series.”Credit to the group, they were outstanding throughout. Character has been a massive strength of this team. We do bat deep. Has been a great strength for us this series,” Root said.Moeen, who was named man of the match for his heroics, was relieved to be back in Test team.”Great to be back. I have missed Test cricket a lot. Needed a break. Just to appreciate everything in general. To enjoy my cricket again. When I was watching the guys at home, I missed it. Great to come back and contribute to winning a game. Playing in England for a while now, back myself a bit more. Got more confidence from county cricket. Done a lot of hard work with Saqlain. Feel like I’m getting better as a spinner every day,” Moeen said.India vs England 4th Test Day 4 at Rose Bowl: As it happenedThe fifth and final match of the Test series will be played at The Oval from September 7.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more