Monday, 28 January 2019

First Test notes: Moeen's Immaculate Disaster

Moeen Ali is a poetic cricketer, a cricketer to watch, and almost everything he does is worth watching. When he has a bad Test, or a bad tour, he accommodates failure in his own way.

The first innings in Barbados was a lovely example of this. Advance publicity on Moeen is that the short ball can unsettle him. His instinct is to hook, but he knows that he probably shouldn't, and in going against instinct he has created a problem for himself. When his first delivery from Kemar Roach came flying down, chest high and on the line of his body, he did no more than offer the bat horizontally before the ball was on him, but being Moeen, a poetic cricketer to whom things happen, the merest shiver of the blade in his hands was enough to send a top edge almost eighty yards into the maw of long leg. It was an immaculate disaster.

With players like Moeen, it doesn't always matter what they do, but how they do it. His dismissal may have left the team in further trouble and the dressing room in high dudgeon, but it had flair. It had drama. It had humour, the very black kind that makes you laugh at the ridiculousness of it all - of cricket and of life.

When he was thirteen years old, Moeen scored 195 in a T20 game, a knock of which his younger brother Omar says, 'it is nearly twenty years since that evening, but it is by far the greatest innings I have seen in cricket.' That's because Moeen is an aesthete and the things he does and the way he does them live on in the mind. In that sense he's kin to any number of otherwise disparate sportsmen, from Alex Higgins to Herol Graham or even George Best, where it's not really about numbers or statistics but what you remember of them [incidentally, Higgins once took this line too far in an argument with Jimmy White over a hotel room, of which Higgins claimed occupancy, "because he was an aesthete" and would appreciate it in a way that Jimmy wouldn't. Yet as the man who reported on the row, Jonathan Rendall, pointed out, so was Jimmy White, perhaps even more so than Higgins*].

It's something that pragmatists, of which there are many in sport, never get. England didn't so much have a bad day at the office in Barbados as drive to the office pathetically late and then crash through the wall while trying to park the car. But like Prince Philip, they'll simply have a gleaming new Land Rover delivered the next morning and start driving again, ignoring the deeper problem that it's not the broken car, it's the fact that they're 97 years old - or in England's case, that they are a team full of all rounders, three of which are wicketkeepers.

Moeen's destiny is in sharp focus because of it. He is, clearly, a batsman who bowls, yet England need a bowler who bats, and he will be caught in this cleft forever now. Perhaps his personality is not quite forceful enough to escape, in the way that Ben Stokes' has been. Moeen's batting is as under-rated as Stokes' is over-rated, and in both cases that is by a little rather than a lot. Steve Harmison once said of Stokes that if England treated him like a number eight, then he would bat like one. Well Moeen has not so much been treated as a number eight as something mutable, shiftable, disposable.

Imagine, briefly, that England had the top five that took them to the number one ranking they again crave: Strauss, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell. Would Stokes get into that? He would not, which suggests he is a not a genuine Test match number five, any more than he is a number eight. Of England's other middle-order players, Bairstow at his best might challenge an out of sorts Bell; Jos Buttler for sure has some of the mad and imaginative genius of Pietersen, if not the adrenalised swagger that enabled Pietersen to do it from debut.

And Moeen? Well not now, but there is an alternative universe in which his talent and difference were embraced and nurtured in the way that Ian Bell's were. At his best, Moeen is that good, that beautiful, that aesthetic and it is England's loss that his is a path not taken. The pragmatists will never get it, but this is an immaculate disaster.

* From memory, the upshot of this stoush was that Higgins refused to yield and spent three days sleeping in the bath.



47 comments:

Dream11 said...

Moeen Ali is a poetic cricketer, indeed!! RCB has himm!! yay!!

Sage Fantasy

Chetan Raygor said...

Really very good information for me, U also have blog related to cricket but it was in hindi. This is URL of my blog https://cricketmania.ga/2019/02/03/kya-2019-ka-worldcup-dhoni-ke-liye-aakhari-hoga

liza said...

Wanderfull post im waiting for your next post
visit our website

Sarah Colins said...

Such an interesting information. I always rate my paper to know level of it.

eumax said...

Eumaxindia is a leading auto rickshaw advertising agency in Chennai. We provide best Auto rickshaw branding all over the Chennai City

Auto advertising in Chennai

Markpedia said...

Satta King has become a genuine brand to earn more money in just a short time. Therefore people are so curious to know about the process of the game. Here we have brought some techniques that will help you in understanding the way to earn money by the Satta king.

Deepak sharma said...

Great Article
Visit : https://frenchtranslationindia.blogspot.com/
Visit : https://russiantranslatorindia.blogspot.com/
Visit : https://koreantranslatorindia.blogspot.com/
Visit : http://www.thechineseinterpreter.com
Visit :https://thechineseinterpreter.com/09899312998-italian-translator-delhi-russian-translation-noida-korean-interpreter-gurgaon/
Visit :https://thechineseinterpreter.com/09899312998-japanese-translator-in-delhi-chinese-translation-gurgaon-korean-interpreter-noida/
Visit : https://italiantranslationindia.blogspot.com/

Packers and Movers Hyderabad said...

Enjoyed reading the article above , really explains everything in detail,the article is very interesting and effective.Thank you and good luck for the upcoming article @ Packers And Movers Hyderabad

Packers and Movers bangalore said...

Packers and Movers Bangalore as a Services providing company can make all the difference to your ###Home Relocation experience. Bangalore based Company which offers versatile solutions, Right team that easily reduce the stress associated with a ✔✔✔Household Shifting, ***Vehicle Transportation. we help things run smoothly and reduce breakages and offer you seamless, Affordable, Reliable Shifting Services, Compare Shifting Charges @ Packers And Movers Bangalore

Ahmed said...

I read your content, I really like your post .. Recently i Check out the PSL Schedule 2020 , also ticket are available on sale.

debbie hall said...

Moeen has not been performing upto his talent that's strange

mariamith said...

Our firm has established itself as the most trustworthy assignment help firm in Australia and globally. Join these thousands of students and achieve high distinction in each and every one of your college tasks. Anyone can attempt writing on your behalf, however, the question is would you pay someone to do it for you without checking their credibility? This is the main reason why most students search for assignment helper over the internet and choose only the most proficient and trusted academic writing experts. So, if you are searching for quality law assignment help australia you can find it right here from the local law assignment help sydney experts.

Packers and Movers Bangalore said...

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Dhanbad

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Rajkot

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Jabalpur

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Vijayawada

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Warangal

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Kota

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Jamshedpur

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Gulbarga

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Belgaum

Packers And Movers Bangalore to Mysore

Packers and Movers Hyderabad said...

Packers and Movers Hyderabad Give Certified and Verified Service Providers, Cheap and Best ###Office Relocation Charges, ***Home Shifting, ✔✔✔Goods Insurance worth Rs. 10,000, Assurance for Local and Domestic House Shifting. Safe and Reliable Household Shifting Services in Hyderabad with Reasonable Packers and Movers Price Quotation @ Packers And Movers Hyderabad

Packers and Movers Bangalore said...

Packers and Movers Indiranagar Bangalore
Packers And Movers Bagalkot
Packers And Movers Belgaum
Packers And Movers Hassan
Packers and Movers Whitefield Bangalore
Packers and Movers JP Nagar Bangalore
Packers And Movers Mohali

Bangalore Escorts said...

Bangalore Escort

AOL Help 24/7 said...

Wonderful Information. I read your information. I really like it. Thanks for sharing with us.
AOL is a worldwide-based multimedia company. By using the AOL Email service, you can send, receive or manage emails. AOL Email is the most secure email service provider platform but sometimes you may face some issues related to passwords or hacking. AOL Password is the key to your AOL Email Account that helps to protect your account from hackers. In case, If you forgot your AOL Email Password, then you don't need to worry. You can Recover AOL Mail Password and can do easily access your AOL Email Account. Otherwise, you can contact our AOL Email Supports Technical Team, they will deal you with your issues patiently.

ijstartcanon said...

How to Resolve Vcruntime140.Dll Was Not Found Error Message

Whenever a program is not installed completely on your computer and has some installation errors, it will lead you to the vcruntime140.dll was not found error message.

ijstartcanon
owndirectory

KIT-Kalaignarkarunanidhi Institute of Technology said...

A very inspiring blog your article is so convincing.
Top colleges in coimbatore | Best engineering colleges in coimbatore

bellacallen said...

Such useful information. Thanks for sharing with us. Keep sharing again.
If you face any problems related to Roadrunner Email Problems, then you can contact us for instant help to fix Roadrunner Email Issues.

sofihayat said...


It’s really nice and meaningful. If you are looking for an ATT customer service phone number then it is the right place for you. At this place, you will get the customer service support and 24/7 helpline number of AT&T for this you just have to click on this link.

Sofia Vergara said...

I read your post. It is amazing and helpful information for me. Are you looking for a solution How to Delete Cache App Activity? Cash App Activity is a record of all transaction activity from sending or receiving the money to your contacts. To delete your cache app activity, you have it in the right place. If you have any questions regarding deleting Cash App transaction history, please contact us at our Cash App customer service.

Sofia Vergara said...

I read your post. It is amazing and helpful information for me. Thanks for sharing with everyone. I am Sofi Vergara, I am working as a tech expert at Yahoo support. I have 3 years of experience in this field. If you have any problems related to Yahoo Help etc, then please contact me for instant help related to Yahoo email problems.

spinoneducation said...

Very Interesting Information. It's really helpful for me. Thanks for sharing with us.
Taking career-oriented Top Courses After 12th into consideration is another important factor for students. These days, many students have no idea about what to choose after the 12th. But it might be easy if they try to enhance their knowledge about what can provide them with a bright future. Since the career is the ultimate aim of every student and thus, choosing the courses keeping some of these aspects can help them.

Kajal Agerwaal said...

It’s really nice and meaningful. It’s really cool blog. Thanks for sharing and please update some more information here. Students need to gain relevant ideas about the Courses after 12th. The changing time has provided various career segments through which they can see their future. However, a substantial decision can be taken by evaluating one's own likings towards the career field. Students can select the courses after completing their 12th as per the subject they had taken in the 12th itself from a career point of view.

sofihayat said...


Have you been searching for the Cash app customer service number if yes then it is the right place for you. Here you will get the 24/7 helpline number of the cash app and if you have any kind of issue in using the cash app, then they can also be resolved by a single click on this link.

Ragani Tiwari said...

Very Informative Information. Thanks for sharing with us.
Akshi Engineers Pvt. Ltd., a member of the Akshi Group and a power electronics leader, provides advanced industrial drive, and automation products. Industrial UPS has proven and rich experience as power conditioning and backup accessories for mission-critical applications in refineries, power generation, steel and metals, and process industries. In addition, we produce and supply fully tailored solutions for Drives & Automation Manufacturers in India.

Stevie Martin said...

A lot of cool information is on this blog. I am very happy I see this page.Sibbex

Jyotihsash said...

The Indian education system is one of the most complex in the world. There are so many different types of exams, from state to national, that it can be difficult to keep track of what you need to do and when. Whether you're a student looking ahead at the next few years or a parent wondering how to get your child into a good school, this article will give you some insight into some of the Toughest Exams in India 2022.

Sathya Shopping said...

Impressive!Thanks for the post
Best Travel Agency in Madurai | Travels in Madurai
Madurai Travels | Best Travels in Madurai
Tours and Travels in Madurai | Best Tour Operators in Madurai

sofihayat said...


It’s really nice and meaningful. It’s really cool blog. Thanks for sharing and please update some more information here. Have you been looking for the Zelle customer service support, than you have arrived at the right destination. At this destination you will find the customer service help from zelle, and if you found some issues in using zelle, then you can resolve them by just a click on the given link.

ellendecruz said...

Amazing information. Thanks for sharing with everyone
If you are looking for a Coin Master Free Spin and Coin Links then it is the right place for you. At this place, you will get the customer service support and 24/7 helpline number of Coin Master Free Spin for this you just have to click on this link.

Eman Sherkawy said...


نقل عفش شركة المتحدة
دليل شركات نقل العفش
دليل شركات نقل العفش
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بمكة
نقل عفش بمكة
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف

Paul Flint said...

Trains, subways, buses, cars, walls, road signs, statues and memorials, bridges, park benches, trees, and billboards are frequently targeted with graffiti. The growing issue of graffiti is predicted to propel the Anti-Graffiti Coatings Market.

Also Read: https://takeitcool.com/global-anti-graffiti-coatings-market-size-share-key-players-demand-growth-analysis-research-report/

Read More: Smart Waste Management Market, Europe Biodiesel Market, United States Vaccine Market

New Dell Server said...

Very nice Blog and interesting as well keep going.
New Dell Server

Unknown said...

Your content is well-written and simple enough for a novice to understand. As a result, it can be extremely beneficial to beginners. Thank you for sharing that information. I admire and respect writers like you.
sell old macbook

Johnwilliam said...

Technologistan is the popoular and most trustworthy resource for technology, telecom, business and auto news in Pakistan

mobile phone repair shops near me said...

Thanks for the blog very nice keep going.

mobile phone repair shops near me

Unknown said...

Your article is well-written and understandable even to a novice. As a result, beginners may find it incredibly useful. Thank you very much for sharing that information with us. Writers like you inspire me and I admire and respect them.
mz7km480hahp

Unknown said...

Discover the Best Budget DSLR Camera In India From here
It’s not easy to find the best budget DSLR camera in India. For people who are starting their photography journey, it’s a bit of a shocking truth. But to be honest, it’s also a bit of a relief too. Because starting a photography hobby doesn’t mean you have to empty your savings account on a camera. Hit the link here and get to know which is the Best Budget DSLR Camera In India

Unknown said...

Let’s find Best Budget DSLR Camera In India Here
Find  Best Budget DSLR Camera In India Here ! The best DSLR cameras for beginners usually come with entry-level cameras. But if you want to learn the basics of photography and want a camera of your own, you should definitely get a DSLR camera. DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex, which means that it uses a mirror to reflect light from the lens to the sensor. This technology is better than the traditional mirror system cameras. Hit the link here and get to know which is the Best Budget DSLR Camera In India.

Unknown said...

We are proud to offer you one of the best Wooden Tv Cabinet With Drawers In India. The furniture is handcrafted by our experienced craftsmen in keeping with the highest quality standards. This item will be a great addition to your modern interior and will look stunning in any room. The design is sleek and elegant, and the fine material will add a touch of class to your home. Follow the link here and get to know about Wooden Tv Cabinet With Drawers In India here best Wooden Tv Cabinet With Drawers In India

Unknown said...

The Best cycle under 20000 is among the most popular categories in cycle touring. This range of prices is designed to appeal to the large majority of cycle tourers who are not interested in the most extreme and expensive machines. The key here is comfort and range. You still need the strength and efficiency to make long tours, but you don't need to sacrifice to get there. Hit the link here and get to know Cheapest Best Cycle Under 20000 In India Best cycle under 20000https://gymfever.in/best-cycle-under-20000-in-india/

Unknown said...

Are you looking to buy Best Wooden Sofa Design In India with all products which are designed by the best Wooden India Most wooden sofas were traditionally made of wood, but wooden sofas have been made of cork, and bamboo, or other materials? It is made from the best quality wood and designed with the utmost attention to detail. Follow the link here and get to know which is the Best Wooden Sofa Design In India. Best Wooden Sofa Design In India

Unknown said...

The Best cycle under 20000 is among the most popular categories in cycle touring. This range of prices is designed to appeal to the large majority of cycle tourers who are not interested in the most extreme and expensive machines. The key here is comfort and range. You still need the strength and efficiency to make long tours, but you don't need to sacrifice to get there. Hit the link here and get to know Cheapest Best Cycle Under 20000 In India Best cycle under 20000

T20 world cup said...

Saukane Punjabi movie download hd one click

Nigersaurus teeth said...

In this article we will tell you about Vanilla Icc Net worth, his early life, biography, career, and relationship status.