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Moeen enjoying England experience

Moeen Ali is relishing his first taste of international cricket as England prepare for their World Twenty20 opener against New Zealand.

The Worcestershire batsman, who prefers to be known as an all-rounder due to his tidy off-spinners, has been one of county cricket's most prolific scorers in the last couple of seasons.

That earned him a call-up for this month's tournament in Bangladesh and, with it, a place on the preceding tour of the West Indies.

Moeen Ali works the ball to leg during his 46 - England's highest score in their 20-run World Twenty20 warm-up defeat to India

He has tasted victory just once in his four outings to date, the five-run one-day international win in Barbados, and featured in both of England's Twenty20 warm-up defeats against West Indies and India.

Moeen's first three knocks in a Three Lions shirt yielded just 30 runs, but he top-scored with 46 against India yesterday.

And while England may have liked more victories under their belt heading into Saturday's Group One game against New Zealand, 26-year-old Moeen is in upbeat mood.

"I'm finding it really good being with England and making the most of my time with the England coaches and players," he said.

"This is the top level and I've wanted to play at this level a long time. I'm enjoying it a lot and I'm just trying to make the most of it.

"I was happy with the innings against India. Maybe I could have had a bit more energy at the start of the innings. I caught up in the end, but I don't like losing so the result was a bit disappointing.

"I'm not going to be too down about it; I batted all right and the team can definitely take encouragement from the last game. They are a top Twenty20 side, one of the favourites to win, so to play like we did against them was a positive.

"We wish we'd won but we will take a lot out of the game."

Captain Stuart Broad's knee injury has restricted him to only two overs since arriving in Bangladesh, but they were delivered at full pace and Moeen is optimistic the skipper will help improve results.

"It was brilliant to see Broady back and bowling two overs," he added.

"It was a massive boost for the team when he came on to the pitch, which was very pleasing, and we hope he'll be fit to play from the start of the tournament.

"He gives us a bit of balance; he's a bit different to the rest of our bowlers. With all his experience and being our leader, it's always nice to see him on the pitch."

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