Moeen Ali needs more experience to be answer to England's spin vacancy
Moeen Ali is unsure he can replace Graeme Swann as England's No 1 spinner but says he is willing to give it a go.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 11:39am
Swann's retirement before the end of the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia left a huge hole in England's attack, with Monty Panesar taking over in Melbourne before Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick was given a chjance to shine in the Sydney finale.
Moeen received his first England senior call for the tour of the West Indies and he has performed well, taking a wicket in all three one-day internationals on top of scoring 109 runs batting at the top of the innings with Michael Lumb.
The Worcestershire all-rounder is yet to make his Test debut, which could come this summer when Sri Lanka and India tour England, although for now he is happy to concentrate on Twenty20 cricket ahead of the West Indies series and World Cup in Bangladesh.
Asked about potentially replacing Swann, Moeen said: "I think that's going a bit too far.
See what happens
"He was a top, top bowler and I've got a lot of work to do, but I'm working hard on it and we'll see what happens. If England want me to do that, then I'll do it."
Moeen warmed up for the spin-friendly pitch in Antigua playing for England's Lions in Sri Lanka, where he was also among the wickets, and he is hoping to play a leading role in Bangladesh later this month.
"I'd just come from Sri Lanka and it spun there as well, so I've been bowling quite a bit anyway," Moeen added.
"It just keeps me in the game. I'm batting and bowling, and being in the field is something I really enjoy doing.
"It was nice to get 50 (in the third ODI). I was a bit disappointed with the way I got out but Jos (Buttler) and Joe (Root) played brilliantly and got us out of a hole and we got a brilliant score in the end. I'm very pleased."