Moeen Ali to Bat at No. 3 Again as England Faces Weather Disruptions Ahead of Third Test
Moeen Ali is set to continue batting at No. 3 for England in the upcoming Test, following his request to head coach Brendon McCullum. Ali’s move up the order proved successful in the third Test, where he contributed significantly to England’s victory with a knock of 75 runs. England captain Ben Stokes praised Ali’s selfless approach, highlighting his initiative to seize the opportunity.
However, the English team’s practice sessions leading up to the third Test are expected to be impacted by inclement weather. The players were forced to leave the field due to rain after thunder was heard at Old Trafford. With rain disrupting their practice days, the team may have to resort to indoor sessions. Although conditions are expected to improve for Wednesday and Thursday, the weekend’s weather forecast appears unfavorable.
The weather disruptions could pose a challenge for England, as they must secure a victory in the third Test to keep their Ashes hopes alive. A draw in the series would result in Australia retaining the Ashes as the current holders. England will be aiming for a decisive win to stay in contention for reclaiming the prestigious trophy.