England’s Moeen Ali insists he will use his new role as vice-captain to keep the side calm in the face of India’s expected aggression in the fourth Test
- Moeen Ali was named as Joe Root’s deputy on the pitch for the fourth Test match
- The all-rounder has completed a rapid transformation in just two Test matches
- He insists he will keep a cool head if Virat Kohli tries to unsettle the hosts
Moeen Ali will use his new vice-captain role to keep England calm on Thursday if India crank up their aggression and hit back hard in the pivotal fourth Test at the Oval.
Moeen completed a rapid transformation on Wednesday from near-forgotten Test man to Joe Root’s deputy with the sides locked at 1-1 with two to play after England’s spectacular win at Headingley.
And he will employ his measured temperament to ensure things stay calm if Virat Kohli tries to unsettle England with the verbal intimidation that made them lose their heads on the last morning of the second Test at Lord’s.
Moeen Ali will use his new vice-captain role to keep England calm on Thursday against India
‘I’m expecting India to come out with all that intensity,’ said Moeen after being preferred to Rory Burns as vice-captain, with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler missing.
‘I felt we took the wind out of them with that great first day at Headingley and the rest of the Test we played really well.’
The all-rounder now expects to become something of a peacekeeper if hostilities are resumed in a match neither side can afford to lose.
‘Some of the stuff the opposition do is just to get at us or make us play differently and I think I’m quite good at controlling that,’ said Moeen.
The all-rounder now expects to become something of a peacekeeper if hostilities are resumed
‘On the field we play hard but I won’t let a cricket game get in the way of me and my team-mates or me and the opposition.
‘I always think about who I’m representing, my family and my parents. There’s more to it than losing my cool on the field.’
England are expected to make two changes from their third Test side at Leeds, with Ollie Pope replacing Buttler, who is on paternity leave, and all-rounder Chris Woakes making his first Test appearance for more than a year ahead of Sam Curran.