Bayliss: Moeen a batsman first
England head coach Trevor Bayliss says all-rounder Moeen Ali wants to be viewed as principally a batsman, despite his matchwinning bowling at Lord's.
Off-spinner Moeen claimed a first-ever ten-wicket haul in a Test match as England won the first game of four against the visiting South Africans by a huge 211-run margin.
He wants to be in the team as a batter that bowls a bit.Moeen Ali
He also contributed a valuable 87 with the bat in the first innings, showing just what he brings to the side from his lower middle-order position alongside the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.
And Bayliss believes a clearing up of what role he is expected to fulfil and the selection of Liam Dawson as a second spin option, was exactly what Moeen needed to produce his best.
"We'll stick with one spinner and one batter that bowls a little and that's important for Mo more than anything," Bayliss told reporters.
"He wants to be in the team as a batter that bowls a bit, so we've selected him as a batter and the second spinner.
"It takes that little bit of pressure off him. He does see himself as a batter first and a spinner second. I suppose that doesn't mean he's still not our best spinner, but his No.1 job is to bat."
Moeen ended with match figures of 10-112 against the Proteas, with his second-innings return of 6-53 also a career-best.
In the process he passed the landmark of 100 wickets in Test cricket, while his efforts with the bat saw him bring up the 2,000-run milestone.
The Worcestershire ace is 6/1 to be top England first-innings bowler in the second Test, which starts at Trent Bridge on Friday, while he is 12/1 to be top team batsman in the first innings, with Alastair Cook priced at 3/1.
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