- Highlights1Moeen became the first man in history to amass more than 250 runs and bag 25 wickets in a four-match Test series2Mushtaq was hired by the England and the Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis3England beat South Africa 3-1 in the four-match seriesEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali has called on the country’s cricket board to employ spin consultant Saqlain Mushtaq on permanent basis after the Joe Root-led side registered a 3-1 win in the four-match Test series against South Africa.Moeen became the first man in history to amass more than 250 runs and bag 25 wickets in a four-match Test series, which ended with England clinching a huge 177-run win over the Proteas at the Old Trafford.Paying tribute to the former Pakistan skipper, Moeen credited “amazing” Mushtaq for his role in helping the England all-rounder enjoy a record-breaking Test series.Mushtaq was hired by the England and the Wales Cricket Board on a consultancy basis and Moeen expressed his desire to see the former all the time, including this summer’s Ashes series that could prove challenging.
- If you are going to have batting, fielding and fast-bowling coaches, it would be nice to have a spin-bowling coach for pretty much all the games,’ ESPNcricinfo quoted Moeen as saying.
- He can help me out, he added.Moeen further revealed that he and Mushtaq were working on a few variations – including a top-spinner that has yet to be used in a match – before admitting that the former Pakistan spinner had contributed more directly to the key wicket of Hashim Amla on the final day of the series.
- He is brilliant with my mindset,” the England all-rounder emphasized.While Saqlain is slated to work with the England side during the upcoming West Indies series, Moeen hinted that a more permanent role for the former could be agreed soon.
- He has been amazing for me in terms of helping with my fields, helping me understand my bowling a lot more than I had done previously and I think that has been the biggest difference,” he said.England will now head into the three-match Test series against West Indies, beginning August 17 in Birmingham.