Moeen Ali walked off the Ageas Bowl yesterday reflecting on the best day of his young England career.
The 27-year-old spun England to a series-levelling 266-run win in the third Investec Test on the final day as he returned career-best figures of 6-67.
Moeen is now the equal second-highest wicket-taker in the series with 15 scalps – one behind man-of-the-match James Anderson – but the personal accolades were put aside as he savoured his first Test win since making his debut earlier this summer.
Asked if it was his best day in an England shirt, Moeen replied: “Yeah definitely. Just winning a Test match for England; even if I didn’t get the six wickets it would be the best moment.
“I’m just very happy. I’m more happy that I contributed to the team winning the game.
“That makes me more happy, but even if I didn’t and we won the game I’d still be really happy.”
England had not won a Test for nearly a year and were under pressure after falling behind 1-0 in the series following the 95-run loss at Lord’s in the second Test.
“I think we’ve set our standard now,” Moeen added.
“That’s the level of cricket we want to play - to really boss the game as much as we can, every session counts. Hopefully that’s a kick-start into a new era.”