Moeen happy opening with Bell

Ali and Bell both scored half-centuries on Monday when England opened their tour of Australia with a 216-run win over the ACT Invitational XI in Canberra.

The Worcestershire all-rounder has played in only 12 one-day internationals for his country but his appears to be one of the names inked in to England’s line-up – his opening partner perhaps not so as he has already started the innings with Bell, Alex Hales and ditched former captain Alastair Cook.

Although it might be seen as dangerous to be heading into the tournament and still planning a month before, Moeen is content with the situation.

“I wouldn’t say it’s difficult to change partners. I just go and play how I??need to play on that particular day,” he said.

“I’m not bothered one bit. At the moment I’m very happy and I’m just glad I’m??opening and enjoying myself.

“I’ve batted with Belly quite a bit. When I first started out at Warwickshire??he was there and I enjoy batting with him.

“He’s quite busy, he’s very good at??getting singles as well as the boundary shots and is a classy player so I really??enjoy batting with him and hopefully we will be a good combination together.

“I think our styles will complement each other.”

Bell’s move up the order will mean an extra attacking responsibility for Moeen, but that is something he is also comfortable with.

He added:??”Aggressively is probably the only way I can play in one-day cricket.

“I feel it’s the best way for me to play and if I’ve got any doubt I just tell??myself to go hard and not go into a little shell.

“If we are going to win the World Cup and be a successful one-day side we will??need good starts. We need guys in the top three who can set the standards for everyone else and be expansive and take some risks.

“In Sri Lanka I got bowled first ball having a slog. It’s not nice to get out??first ball but I’d prefer to get out having a go rather than just blocking??it.”

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