England v India: Moeen Ali reveals in best moment of career
England v India: Moeen Ali admits taking 6-69 amounts to the best day of his international career
Moeen Ali has described his match-winning haul of 6-69 as the best moment in his international career but has insisted the team victory was what made it so special.
The Worcestershire spinner, 27, is joint second in the wicket taking list in the series with 15 dismissals and has seen his stock rise over the last three matches, despite fielding criticism from around the cricket world.
Ali, though, is just focussed on putting in performances for his country as they look to win the five match series.
“Yeah definitely. Just winning a Test match for England; even if I didn’t get the six wickets it would be the best moment,” Ali told ECB’s website.
“I’m just very happy. I’m more happy that I contributed to the team winning the game.
“That makes me more happy, but even if I didn’t and we won the game I’d still be really happy.”
Ali has come under scrutiny as England’s main spin option but will have answered more than a few critics with his performance at the Ageas Bowl and will be looking to kick on in the remaining two matches and beyond.
“I think we’ve set our standard now,” Ali added.
“That’s the level of cricket we want to play – to really boss the game as much as we can, every session counts. Hopefully that’s a kick-start into a new era.”
The fourth Test starts on 7 August at Old Trafford.