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Cricket news - Moeen ready to embrace role as England's No. 1 spinner

Moeen Ali is likely to be England's sole slow bowler in the first Test against West Indies in Barbados

After Moeen Ali had taken ten wickets against South Africa at Lord's is well-maintained in July 2017, coach Trevor Bayliss is very, in the post-match press conference that Moeen was still the team's second spinner, the left-arm all-rounder Liam Dawson, someone who is ball cricket hardly bowls in red-for its County, the team's number one. Two tests later, Dawson was off the team and Moeen, understandable, kept his place.

If that seems nonsensical, it's because it is. Moeen, England's number one spinner has been since Graeme Swann's retirement during the 2013 Ashes series in Australia, nor England have, from time to time, the psychological Trick is to say, the all-rounder he is, in fact, to take away your second slow bowler, in an attempt to be a element of pressure. That was the party line, even if Moeen was the only spinner in the final eleven.

Sometimes, as in South Africa set in the year 2017, it works, brings out the best in him. But other times, like during the last winter ashes, if Moeen was the main man, it was not. But now, with 31, with 163 Test wickets in his name and after a successful return in the Test team in the home series against India last year - with 30 wickets at 23.10 as - Moeen is finally ready to embrace the day to be England's number one spin bowler.

The timing is good, since he is probably in England, the only slow bowler in the first Test against the West Indies in Barbados starting on Wednesday, after Jack Leach and Adil Rashid for company on the last Sri Lanka tour. "To be honest, I'm not too much of a fuss [about being the only spinner] more," he said at Kensington Oval. "Before I was, but now I just try and focus on me.

"The three of us worked well in Sri Lanka, but if the responsibility on me, I would love to do it. I would be fine with him. I can't hide behind the words I am the second spinner. I must face it, deal with it. I've done it many times before, and I feel like I'm getting better and better."

It is easy to forget that Moeen has bowled a batsman, for much of his early county career. As a result, he is learning now with the addition of the ball and it is mighty impressive that he bags already 163 Test wickets. That total has seen to overtake him, a lot of high-class England Spinner John Emburey and Fred Titmus, and he sits 21st on the English-time Test wicket-takers list.

With a lot of time in his career, Moeen is likely to overtake more about him. "When you hear about the records and the people you have passed, there are to know them the confidence that they have passed, some really good Spinner for England," he said. "I feel like I'm in the best age now. I'm 31 and I already have some for England. I always feel, as a spinner, to the best of my."

Although there were many ups and downs for Moeen because he made his Test debut in 2014 against Sri Lanka, it was at the Kensington Oval, in the year 2015, where he thinks he has bowled the worst for England, as they have succumbed to win a three-day defeat, drawing a series you should. Moeen went for five runs in the second innings West Indies rolled to what looked like a tricky chase with relative ease.

Now, return to the ground for the first Test of this tour, Moeen is keen to right the wrong. "I have bowled badly for a lot of time," he admitted. "But that was probably the worst I have ever played in an England shirt, and I want to be right. I just came back from the injury, I was just back in the side after the world Cup and I was the only one spinner. I rolled bad."

Despite the improvement in his bowling, Moeen, the batting is still an important asset to the English team, but after a short time, at number three against India and in Sri Lanka, he will be back in the middle, for this tour, perhaps batting as low as eight, with Jonny Bairstow cement his place at number three, the hundred in England in the last Test in Colombo. For now, the good fits to Moeen.

Said "this time, in this moment, I don't have the patience," he said. "I tried to make the bat longer and it doesn't mean I can do it, but I still feel useful to the side at the bottom of the order. We need a proper No. 3 in the ashes, and this is important."

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