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Moeen relishes England chance

Moeen Ali is understandably excited after being chosen in England’s squads for the World Twenty20 and tour of the Caribbean.

Moeen, a fluent batsman capable of bowling more than useful off-spin, will be hoping to make his international debut in the West Indies, where England will play three Twenty20s and as many one-day internationals from the end of this month.

For now, though, the 26-year-old is basking in just being in the selectors’ thoughts as England begin a new era following their disappointing tour of Australia.

He told ecb.co.uk: “I got a call from James Whitaker and it was a nice phone call. I felt great and was really happy for my family and Worcestershire.

“Obviously you cannot describe how you feel. It was a good feeling and I cannot wait to get out there.

“I have got loads of messages saying ‘congrats’ from family, friends and even people I don’t really speak to. Hopefully I can get selected in the future as well.”

Moeen is desperate to get his opportunity against the Windies, especially with the sprint-format showpiece hot on the heels of that trip.

He added: “I think I can add a bit of variety; a bit of batting, bowling and fielding. I do all three dimensions of the game.

“We obviously want success as a team at the World Cup. In the West Indies, I just want to get used to the set-up and play a few games.”

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