Moeen Ali will captain Birmingham Phoenix in English cricket’s new Hundred competitors, it was introduced Tuesday. The England all-rounder, who grew up close to Edgbaston, the venue for the Phoenix’ house matches, will lead a aspect that features fellow World Cup winner Chris Woakes in addition to Kane Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand aspect crushed in final 12 months’s thrilling world 50-over remaining.
A dashing left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler, Moeen rose by the ranks at Edgbaston with Warwickshire earlier than establishing himself in county cricket with Midlands rivals Worcestershire.
“Every time that I come to Edgbaston it takes me back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age,” stated Moeen in an announcement.
Moeen, a practising Muslim, added: “We’re a decent-knit metropolis in Birmingham. We have a lot round us that brings the folks collectively, irrespective of who you might be or your background.
World Cup Winner Moeen Ali to captain Birmingham Phoenix males’s group in #TheHundred this Summer
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) February 18, 2020
“I understand how a lot of a uniting sport cricket is and as a pacesetter of the Birmingham Phoenix that’s one thing I undoubtedly need to promote,” defined the 32-year-outdated, Worcestershire’s captain once they gained the 2018 Twenty20 Blast title at Edgbaston.
Phoenix head coach Andrew McDonald, a former Australia paceman, stated: “Moeen is a fantastic all-rounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team.”
Moeen is at the moment taking day trip from Test cricket, having made himself unavailable for England’s tour of Sri Lanka subsequent month, along with his final look in the format coming in the 2019 Ashes opener towards Australia.
His Test absence was a part of a wider break from all England obligation however Moeen, who nonetheless harbours hopes of taking part in 5-day cricket once more, returned for the current third one-day worldwide in South Africa.
Moeen was additionally named participant of the match in Durban on Friday after hitting 39 off simply 11 balls as England levelled a 3-match Twenty20 sequence with the Proteas that they ultimately went on to win 2-1.
The Hundred is a new tournament consisting of eight metropolis-primarily based franchise sides, breaking away from England’s conventional county system.
Teams will bat for 100 balls every with overs lasting for 10 balls and bowlers both bowling 5 or 10 balls consecutively.
English officers are adamant the Hundred will entice a new viewers important to safeguarding cricket’s lengthy-time period future.
But critics have questioned the necessity for a fourth format in an already crowded schedule that includes first-class, one-day and Twenty20 matches, whereas considerations have been voiced over the Hundred’s probably damaging knock-on results to the prevailing county set-up.