After England’s 4-3 series win in Pakistan, England’s Moeen Ali said teams will fear facing England in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
After clinical batting and bowling, England beat Pakistan by 67 runs in the series decider on Sunday.
Mathew Mott’s side were plundered after entering on 209-3, David Malan (78 not out off 47 balls) and Yorkshire teammate Harry Brooke (46 off 29 balls) scoring 108 off the final 61 deliveries of the innings in Lahore.
Pakistan limped to 142-8 in reply, captain Babar Azam (4) after errors in the field – twice dropping catches that should have stuck – dismissed by Chris Woakes (3-26) in the first over of the chase and Muhammad Rizwan was bowled by Rhys Tapley (1) in the second game and the home team lost 5-2.
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“We’re really happy to win the series and we’re going to Australia in a really good position, but I don’t think we’re favorites for the World Cup,” Moeen said.
To be honest, I don’t feel that way at all, but I know that we are a very dangerous team to play against and other teams are afraid to play against us. But I still think Australia and India are the two favorite teams.”
We were disappointed at the end because in retrospect I think if we had really worked at it we probably would have won. [the series] 1-6.”
Mott: Series decider boosts confidence ahead of World Cup
Matt, the head coach of the England national football team, praised the efforts of his players to clinch the series, describing the victory as excellent preparation and a confidence booster ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“We certainly came here for the seven-match series with a very clear plan to dig deeper and see if we can turn our team around and obviously lead to the World Cup,” Mott said. Sky Sports After the victory
“I couldn’t ask for more to be honest, I think Moeen Ali, in particular, has been a fantastic captain. He has a lot of faith in different players and a few of the first players have come in and done well.”
“So from our perspective, having a finals atmosphere tonight and coming out and playing really well gives us a lot of confidence going into the World Cup.”
England prepare for the T20 World Cup, with three T20s against hosts Australia (October 9, 12 and 14) and a warm-up against Pakistan (October 17) before Jos Buttler’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan. Kend travels Down Under. in Perth on October 22.
When asked which players have advanced their case, Mott name-checked Brooke, Ben Duckett and Malan for credit.
“A lot has happened [of players who have advanced their cases]Matt added.
“Harry Brook has been hitting really well and doing well. He looks really cool and just seems to pick the right times to hit his boundaries.
Duckett has been exceptional and has played the spin really well. He asked a few different questions. He kind of changed our momentum after the early games where spin played a big role.
Malan was wonderful today. I thought it was a brilliant shot in the atmosphere of the finale.
“And all the bowlers. We came here with a few hurt clouds but we got through it.
“[Mark] Wood played a few games. [Chris] “Voakes went through a couple, so we’re building well with the depth we’re looking for for that World Cup.”
When asked for an update on the injury situation in the squad, Mott said Liam Livingstone and captain Buttler are both preparing for the World Cup.
“Liam Livingston is tracking well. He’s back in England now, he left this morning. He’s just got to get a few miles in his legs and he should start right when we get there.”
“I think Jos has been conservative. He was hustling for a game at the end here, but the reward for the risk wasn’t quite there. He will play a pivotal role in the World Cup and Moeen has done that. Exceptional job with leadership.
We are quite sure where we are. There were a lot of moving parts to this tour getting everyone ready, but we’ve welcomed some world-class players and we’ll be hitting the shores of Australia in twos. of days.”
With so many influential players over the past few weeks, Mott admitted he will likely struggle with his starting XI during the World Cup.
“we have [Buttler and Mott] I’ve had a little look at that starting eleven, and there’s always a bit of a mix-up.
“There’s form that comes into it, we’ve also got a series against Australia first and foremost. So we’ll have an opportunity to have a really good look at that balance.”
I think it’s a different situation in Australia as well and depending on who we’re playing, we might change a bit during the tournament.
But we’re close to that eleven initially and then you reassess from there.
You can watch the T20 World Cup in full on Sky Sports and the tournament starts on October 16.