England cricketer newcomer Moeen Ali is relishing his first taste of international cricket
England cricketer newcomer Moeen Ali is relishing his first taste of international cricket.
Last Updated: 20/03/14 1:54pm
Moeen earned his call-up to this month's tournament in Bangladesh and preceding tour of the West Indies post-Ashes after the controversial sacking of Kevin Pietersen.
The Worcestershire batsman has been one of county cricket's most prolific scorers in the last couple of seasons and has featured in both their pre-tournament warm-up games against the West Indies and India.
But despite heading into Saturday's Group 1 T20 against New Zealand without a win under their belts, the 26-year-old is in an upbeat mood.
"I'm finding it really good being with England and making the most of my time with the England coaches and players," Moeen said.
"This is the top level and I've wanted to play at this level a long time. I'm enjoying it a lot and I'm just trying to make the most of it.
"I was happy with my 46 innings against India. Maybe I could have had a bit more energy at the start of the innings. I caught up in the end, but I don't like losing so the result was a bit disappointing.
"I'm not going to be too down about it, I batted all right and the team can definitely take encouragement from the last game. They are a top Twenty20 side, one of the favourites to win, so to play like we did against them was a positive.
"We wish we'd won but we will take a lot out of the game."
The batsman is also hoping captain Stuart Broad will be able to lead the team out on Saturday after his knee injury restricted him to playing just two overs since arriving in Bangladesh.
However, Moeen admitted that his small contribution in the India match did not go unnoticed and definitely gave the team a much needed boost.
"It was brilliant to see Broady back and bowling two overs," said Moeen.
"It was a massive boost for the team when he came on to the pitch, which was very pleasing, and we hope he'll be fit to play from the start of the tournament.
"He gives us a bit of balance, he's a bit different to the rest of our bowlers. With all his experience and being our leader, it's always nice to see him on the pitch."