WI vs Eng, 3rd T20I – Moeen Ali: ‘No excuses’ as England’s white-ball fortunes continue to decline – LSB

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Moeen Ali says there are “no excuses” for England’s recent performance, after suffering a fourth defeat in five matches against the West Indies.

England lost by 10 runs in Grenada to leave them 2-0 down in the five-match T20I series, having already lost the ODI series 2-1.

The change of format from ODIs to T20Is has seen a number of experienced players join the group after being rested for the first leg of the trip, with Moeen, Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes returning. However, two matches resulted in two more defeats, with England letting the winning positions slip in both matches.

“It’s obviously disappointing because you want to start winning as the World Cup approaches in these conditions,” Moeen said. In reality Rehearsal for the T20 World Cup to be held in the Caribbean and the USA in six months.

“A lot of times I thought we played well in the game, and then they hit a couple of big shots that maybe took us away from the game a little bit… I hate to say there are some positives, but there are a few I think.”

Moeen singled out the performances of Rashid, whose figures of 2 for 11 were the second most economical of his T20I career, and Sam Curran, who was beaten by the ball, but responded with a half-century off 31 balls, his first. His career in this form, after he was promoted to number 4.

“The great thing about being a very good all-rounder is that you can have a bad day with the ball but you can contribute with the bat and still try to win the match, which he almost did,” Moeen said.

Curran’s half-century was partially atoned for 30 seconds as West Indies skipper Rofman Powell hit him with four fours and four sixes in five legal deliveries. Curran dismissed Powell with his final delivery, but he crossed the ‘last laugh’ zone as the complexion of the match changed.

Moeen was seen speaking to Curran in the middle of the night as Powell’s attack continued, and explained the gist of the matter afterwards. “Just be clear, what’s your plan? What’s your Plan B?” He said. “I know he lacks a bit of confidence, but in those situations, you have to be really brave and just try to keep it simple. We have to get better. It’s not just about taking wickets.”

One point that particularly irritated Moeen was England’s inability to counter West Indies’ spinners, Akhil Hossain and Gudakesh Moti, who bowled eight successive overs off left-arm spin from the Pavilion End. Hussain bowled three overs via the powerplay, then Moti bowled his full allotment, before Hussain returned to finish his set once Moti had finished. They combined for figures of 3 for 33, with Motte conceding just nine runs from four overs.

“They played really well, they know these conditions, but I still feel that Moti going nine out of four overs is not good enough from our point of view. At least, I think we can rotate it a bit more if we’re not going to get him down.”

Since the start of the World Cup, England have won four matches and lost ten of their last 14 matches. It’s a frankly unthinkable situation given the quality and expectations placed on them after the success of the past eight years.

“has not been [able to] “At the moment,” Moeen said simply, when asked about England’s ability to seize the big moments of matches. The West Indies recovered from 54 for 4 in the second match, with England failing to capitalize on their third-highest power-play score of 77 in the second match. opening match, instead they lost all ten wickets for 94.

“But there is still a little time before the World Cup, and we need to get some things right as a team.

“I mean there are still players who will come back, obviously with Stuckey, Bairstow and Woody. But there’s no excuse. Everyone’s a good player here – our guys have played a lot now in T20.”

“It hasn’t been that long since we won the World Cup. We’ve just got to adapt quickly to these conditions, because that’s what we’re going to get. It’s very different to Australia and we’ve just got to get started.” the win.”

For a player of Moeen’s experience, who has been a constant presence in England’s white-ball formats since 2015 and remains vice-captain, the current situation and environment represent a clear change from a dressing room that has spent eight years beating almost anyone who came in front of them. While Moeen admitted that patience was also required, the natural post-match discomfort of suffering a defeat was palpable.

“I mean, of course, you have to be patient for the new players to find a role in the side and their feet a little bit but still, even when we played before it wasn’t just win or miss – it was ‘we’ll beat you, take it to the side’. It wasn’t “It’s all a lot of effort, just throwing sixes. We have really smart players and fit players. Sometimes it takes time and getting the players in the right positions.”

“There will be a difficult period. This was always going to happen, as everyone knows. We have just come back and explained to everyone their role in the team.”

Cameron Ponsonby is a freelance cricket writer in London. @cameroonbonson

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