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Moeen Ali wants to downplay England’s twenty20 World Cup chances for Pakistan tour

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Stand-in England captain Moeen Ali is keen to downplay England’s twenty20 World Cup chances as preparations begin for Pakistan tour after three defeats in a row

  • Moeen Ali downplayed England’s Twenty20 World Cup odds this winter
  • England are preparing for a long run with Pakistan starting tomorrow
  • The side has lost all three T20 series since former captain Eoin Morgan retired
  • Several players are injured or resting for the tournament in Australia

Preparations for England’s latest attempt to unify cricket’s world titles kick off tonight in the fiery atmosphere of Karachi – with stand-in captain Moeen Ali eager to downplay their chances.

Pakistan’s players will wear a special one-off uniform with their names and numbers partially submerged in water to show solidarity with the victims of the humanitarian crisis.

“It’s important that we don’t put pressure on ourselves and say we’re going to win a World Cup. We’ve been such a good side for the past two or three years, but we’ve also missed it sometimes, which has to do with expectation,” said Ali.

England stand-in captain Moeen Ali has downplayed England’s World Twenty20 chances

They have lost three series in a row since Jos Buttler (left) and Matthew Mott (right) took over

They have lost three series in a row since Jos Buttler (left) and Matthew Mott (right) took over

“We have to focus on one game. At the World Cup, we win one match at a time, playing our best cricket and not worrying about the end result. That goes without saying.

‘It suits our style not to be so desperate for something. Of course everyone wants to win it, but let’s see how it goes and do our best.’

There have been significant changes since the 2021 T20 tournament ended in a last-four exit to New Zealand in November last year: Eoin Morgan’s midsummer retirement was followed by the omission of Jason Roy and the injury at the end of the season. years for Jonny Bairstow.

And it will be difficult to quantify the squad’s progress on this journey, especially in the short term, given the massive staff turnover of the team that will start its seven-game run here and the team that is expected to take the field in Perth against Afghanistan on October 22.

Ali said England's poor form is partly due to the departure of former captain Eoin Morgan

Ali said England’s poor form is partly due to the departure of former captain Eoin Morgan

In addition to Buttler, bowlers Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Reece Topley will have carefully managed comebacks from injury, while Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone and Chris Jordan will bolster the squad down under.

England have already deployed 23 players in Twenty20 this calendar year and nine more can expect playing time against Asian Cup runner-up Pakistan.

Such drastic personnel changes undoubtedly affected the results, with all three bilateral series ending in defeat in 2022.

Ali suggests that poor performance earlier this summer was partly a hangover from Morgan’s departure and partly a loss of tactical identity.

This tour can therefore be seen as a ‘starting point’, said Ali, adding: ‘This is not a reset, the test side has had a reset, and when Morgs took over it was a reset, but this is more about how we go evolve and move forward.

Eoin Morgan (right) resigned early this year after seven years as England white ball captain

Eoin Morgan (right) resigned early this year after seven years as England white ball captain

Pakistan will offer England a stern test as World Cup preparations begin

Pakistan will offer England a stern test as World Cup preparations begin

“Yes, we want to be brave and aggressive, as we always have been, but there is a method for that too. Maybe we went out this summer and tried to be really aggressive, and we got kicked out. The foundations of hitting remain, we just have to find that balance right.’

It won’t get any easier in the next two weeks. Pakistan holds a formidable record at the National Stadium – which will play four 30,000 sold-out crowds in six nights before the series heads to Lahore – and has won all nine white-ball matches at the venue since international cricket returned to the country three years ago. past.

The opening game has meaning on several levels: for Birmingham-born Ali the honor of captaining the country of his origin, for Pakistan a first home game against England in 17 years and for the country itself a means of raising money, as all proceeds will be used to help the millions affected by the recent devastating floods.

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