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Moeen looks for positive intent

Moeen Ali believes England have a lot to play for at Headingley

By Will Jackson

Moeen Ali says he is keen to carry on with the attacking style of cricket that won him many plaudits as he prepares for tomorrow's fifth and final game of the Royal London One-Day Series against India at Headingley.

Although England suffered a heavy nine-wicket loss at Edgbaston on Tuesday, Moeen was one of the bright points of the performance.

Playing in his first home one-day international, Moeen came in at number seven with his team under pressure at 114 for five and took the attack to the India bowlers.

The Worcestershire all-rounder’s 67 came from just 50 balls, and it was the attacking intent that was praised so widely. Moeen is determined to carry on playing his natural game no matter what the circumstances.

"It's something I always go back to if things do a get a little bit (difficult)," he said.

Moeen Ali was one of the bright points of a heavy defeat at Edgbaston, racing to 67 in his first one-day international on home soil

"I just think 'go out and play, you know, who cares' - take the pressure off myself and enjoy playing international cricket for my country."

It is a state of mind which often works for him, adding: "It's something I go back to a lot and probably should do all the time.

"Take it to them - there is no point in being the same and getting out the same way all the time.

"I'd rather get caught on the boundary or stumped trying to do something than knock it around all the time."

Moeen also revealed that he learnt a lot from Suresh Raina, whose century in the second match at the SWALEC Stadium set the course of the series.

He said: "Watching someone like Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble - and he came out ... took a few risks and they came off. He backed himself."

Ajinkya Rahane hit 106 and shared a record first-wicket partnership of 186 with Shikhar Dhawan as India cruised to an unassailable 3-0 lead

“I tried to copy it a little a bit."

On the opposite side of the fence, India batsman Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that the tourists are determined to finish the tour on a high.

Rahane was the hero in Birmingham, hitting a sublime 106 to lead his side to a 3-0 lead with one game to go, but insisted they will not slip up at Headingley tomorrow.

He said: "We are really happy the way we played our cricket in the last three ODIs - the approach will remain the same.

"We will go in with the same intensity. We are not relaxed.

"It has been a great team effort overall ... everyone is contributing to the team. That is a great sign for us."

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