Moeen Ali rues loss of quick wickets after 72-run defeat vs Australia in 2nd ODI: Pressure got to us
Moeen Ali said that loss of wickets regularly didn’t help England in their second ODI against Australia on Saturday at the Sydney Cricket Ground. England lost the match by 72 runs in Sydney.
Pressure got to us: Moeen Ali rues loss of quick wickets after 72-run defeat vs AUS. Courtesy: AP
By India Today Web Desk: Stand-in skipper Moeen Ali admitted that loss of wickets at regular intervals resulted in England’s 72-run defeat against Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. After being asked to chase down 281, the Three Lions were bowled out for 208 in 38.5 overs.
The visitors were looking comfortable in their run-chase after James Vince and Sam Billings stitched together a 122-run stand for the fourth wicket. But after Hazlewood accounted for Vince’s wicket, England completely lost their way.
Moeen said that the pitch wasn’t a tough one for batting, but England failed to capitalise on the favourable conditions for batters.
Moeen also heaped praise on leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who put the brakes on Australia’s innings by picking up three wickets.
“Were in a good position with the bat but we lost wickets. Rash bowled well in the middle phase. We pulled it back nicely. The wicket actually got easier to bat on but we lost wickets. It’s just one of those things. They bowled well in that phase,” Moeen was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Pressure got to us. If you lose wickets regularly, you are not going to win many games. Will just try to win, and get on the flight on a positive note,” he added.
Having lost the second ODI, England conceded the series 2-0 to the Aussies and will now be playing for Super League crucial championship points.
The third and final game of the series is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 22, at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.