Moeen Ali claims England (9/1 to win 2015 ICC World Cup) are gaining momentum and could be surprise contenders at next year’s World Cup.
Ali played a major role in England’s Test series victory over India during the summer as he took crucial wickets to help level the series.
His figures of six for 67 in the second Test gave England a much-needed boost as they went on to win the series 3-1, quietening talk of a crisis in Alastair Cook’s squad.
Whilst India (5/1 to win 2015 ICC World Cup) won the following one-day international series, Ali is confident England are improving ahead of the World Cup next year and believes the conditions in Australia could help them.
“We have a good chance. We’ve got some good players and Australia will suit us with their type of wickets more than people think,” Ali told the London Evening Standard.
“We were a bit rusty playing Test cricket throughout the summer and then we came up against a very good Indian side.
“This India team are number one. By the end of it, we beat them in the final one-day game [after the series had been lost] and the T20. So we felt we were getting better towards the end.”
England take on Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series starting next month (Sri Lanka 4/9, England 7/4 – Series Winner) as part of 11 games leading up to the World Cup.
“The more games we play we can get some momentum,” added Ali, who is 9/1 to be England’s top series batsman against Sri Lanka.