Sri Lanka vs England: Moeen Ali names the biggest threat for his team in the ODI series

Sri Lanka vs England: Moeen Ali names the biggest threat for his team in the ODI series

England are the favourites to clinch the series.

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Moeen Ali of England (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

After the first ODI was abandoned, England won the second match against Sri Lanka comfortably to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The ICC No. 1 ODI side is the clear favourites to win the series. Having spent some quality time in the island nation before the start of the contest, the team has adjusted to the conditions well.

The third ODI between the two nations will be played on Wednesday. However, one factor is causing a concern to the visitors and they seem to be quite worried. Lasith Malinga, having made a comeback into the ODI side after a year has set the stage on fire in the second ODI.

The veteran fast bowler picked his 17th five-wicket haul in the game and bowled exceptionally well. English all-rounder Moeen Ali named Malinga to be a major threat in the series. The off-spinner further added that he bowled fantastically well.

Plans in place to tackle his threat

“He (Malinga) is a major threat. He bowled fantastically well and as a team, we sat down after the game and spoke about how to play him because he is the main threat that we are going to need to cautious against,” Ali told Sky Sports.

Also, a lot of rain interruptions are expected during the entire course of the series. Hence, the Worcestershire cricketer feels that it is a safe bet to bat first in such scenarios. “I’m going to try and get a bat on it first,” he said.

Furthermore, the 31-year-old said that he has got two different bowling action – one for Tests and one for ODIs. He justified having these two actions by saying that he feels that he needs to bowl quicker while playing with the white ball.

“I have two different actions for Test matches and one-dayers. In one-dayers I feel like I need to bowl a little bit quicker,” the Moeen Ali told. He further added that he has to be patient to get wickets unlike his fellow spinner Adil Rashid who is a natural wicket-taker.

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