Moeen ready to move on up
Fit-again all-rounder Moeen Ali is ready for the added responsibility of moving up a place in the England batting order during the upcoming Ashes series.
Moeen, who missed the first two warm-up games in Australia due to a side strain, is expected to return to action against a Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday.
My aim as a cricketer is to get up the order as high as I can.Moeen Ali
And the Worcestershire star is ready to step up to the plate when the Test series gets under way in Brisbane later this month, with Moeen expected to bat at seven in the likely absence of fellow all-rounder Ben Stokes.
He told BBC Sport: "With the Stokesy situation, I've probably got to go up the order by one, but my aim as a cricketer is to get up the order as high as I can, maybe push into a role at five or six.
"Obviously that's a bit further ahead. Firstly, I have to do the job at number seven."
Moeen averaged 36.62 with the bat in the 2015 Ashes series in England, while also claiming 12 wickets with his off-spin.
He is 100/1 to be top England batsman in the upcoming Ashes series and is 1212/1 to be top England bowler, with the tourists 12/1 to retain the Ashes.
Meanwhile, Moeen is confident that he has not missed out too much in being forced to sit out the opening two tour games, insisting that he has had plenty of opportunities to work on his game.
He added: "I've had more time to work on my game. Sometimes when you're playing, you don't get the chance to focus on yourself.
"Another benefit of not playing those two games is that it makes you hungrier to get out there and be with the guys. I can't wait to put my whites on and start performing."
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