Moeen Ali reckons that he and the other top order English players must throw caution to the wind and get prepared to risk their wickets in the initial phase of the innings.
England’s approach in the power play has been very different from the other teams in the recent times.
While, the other teams look to take advantage of fielding restrictions and get as many runs on the board as possible before the field gets spread, the Three Lions focus on building the innings and they have taken a lot of criticism for that.
The English bosses, be it the selectors or the head coach, have also been very hesitant to slot the attacking players in there at 1 and 2 and give them the licence.
However, this winter, there have been some bold decisions taken. The change in the captaincy is one of them.
Alastair Cook has been shown the door. He is not in the World Cup team. It’s somebody else who would be opening with Moeen for England in Australia/New Zealand.
Whoever is going to be the second opener for England, Moeen wants him to be free flowing and not think about getting out.
Speaking to the press yesterday in Australia, the Worcestershire player said, “I am an instinctive stroke-maker. I go for it from the word go.”
“Obviously, when you play that way, you are always at risk. You might look ungainly while getting dismissed and you might get criticized for your choice of shot, but, when you go well, you would win the game for your team.”
“That should be the mindset of the other top order guys too.
It’s the top order which you expect to set it up for the guys coming lower down. Some intent must be shown at the start.”