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Moeen Ali says T20 World Cup win would be England's greatest achievement

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‘If we win it will show the depth of English cricket’: All-rounder Moeen Ali insists T20 World Cup win for Eoin Morgan’s men would be their greatest achievement after Jason Roy joins list of big-name absentees

  • England are missing a number of key names with Jason Roy now added to the list
  • A scan has confirmed that Roy tore his left-calf in the defeat to South Africa
  • Tymal Mills was also ruled out of the T20 World Cup through injury last week 
  • Moeen Ali believes winning the World Cup would be England’s best achievement


Victory in the T20 World Cup would be England’s greatest white-ball achievement given the absence of so many big-name players, according to all-rounder Moeen Ali.

Jason Roy joined the list after a scan confirmed he had torn his left calf during the 10-run defeat by South Africa on Saturday.

Roy, who has been replaced in the squad by Hampshire’s James Vince — already in the UAE as one of England’s travelling reserves — said he was ‘gutted to be ruled out of the World Cup’, but is aiming to be fit for the T20 series against West Indies in Barbados starting on January 22.

Moeen Ali says an England World Cup victory would show the depth of English cricket

Moeen Ali says an England World Cup victory would show the depth of English cricket

But Ali, who has played a central part in England’s passage to Wednesday’s semi-final against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, said Roy’s injury did not detract from the belief that the team can unite the white-ball titles in Sunday’s Dubai final. 

If they qualify, they will play Australia or Pakistan. ‘It’s always nice to have a confident Jason Roy who’s playing well,’ Moeen said.

‘Obviously it’s a blow. The confidence that he goes out with, the way he takes on the bowlers — it gives everyone else a bit of a boost, and that will be missing.

Jason Roy tore his left calf during England's ten run defeat to South Africa on Saturday

Jason Roy tore his left calf during England’s ten run defeat to South Africa on Saturday

‘But Jof (Jofra Archer) has been out, Ben Stokes has been out, and other good players, Tymal Mills as well. We’ve got guys who’ve been waiting in the wings for a long time, guys who are ready to come in and play well.’

Asked whether lifting their second T20 World Cup, to go with the trophy won by Paul Collingwood’s team in the Caribbean in 2010, would be England’s best limited-overs achievement yet, Moeen replied: ‘I think so. 

‘We feel like the work we’ve put in as a squad over the last few years would have been repaid. We’ve lost so many players, but the players that come in are as good. The reason they don’t play is because we have such a strong 11.

England are already missing a number of key names including Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer

England are already missing a number of key names including Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer

‘Not long ago, I wasn’t playing, and maybe it’s through injury to Stokesy and Sam Curran that I am playing more now.

‘If we win the World Cup, it will show the depth of English cricket.’

Moeen opened the bowling in four of England’s five Super 12 matches, picking up seven wickets at 11 apiece, and proving the meanest of Eoin Morgan’s bowlers, with an economy-rate of just 5.5 an over. His all-round importance was highlighted when Morgan sent him in at No 3 against South Africa.

‘The confidence is high and I feel like a big part of the team,’ he said. ‘I’ve got very important roles and I’m really happy with my game. To be given that responsibility with the new ball or just outside the powerplay, then going up the order when Morgs gives me the nudge, it’s always great.’

Tymal Mills was also ruled out earlier in the tournament following right thigh strain

Tymal Mills was also ruled out earlier in the tournament following right thigh strain

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