A classy and explosive left-handed batsman who also bowls useful off-spin, Moeen was earmarked for future England honours after representing the Lions and Under-19 sides.
Considered to have the ability and temperament to fill Worcestershire legend Graeme Hick's boots, he enjoyed a fine 2011 season, scoring 930 first-class runs and topping the club averages in 40-over cricket.
After beginning his career with rivals Warwickshire, Moeen moved across the boundary to New Road in 2007 and quickly established himself in the first team, scoring 77 on his LV= County Championship debut for Worcestershire.
He led England U19s to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Pakistan, an impressive achievement given they had been hammered in their warm-up games by Bangladesh, and has been touted as a future Worcestershire captain.
Moeen enjoyed his most prolific championship season to date in 2013, topping the run-charts with 1,375. Across 17 first-class matches he helped himself to four centuries and eight fifties, while his bowling continued to develop pleasingly, with 31 wickets claimed at 36.35.
Such impressive performances with bat and ball earned Moeen the Professional Cricketers Association's player of the year award, a place on the England Performance Programme tour to Australia, a spot on England Lions’ trip to Sri Lanka and England limited-overs selection in early 2014.
Intriguingly, Moeen is working on perfecting the doosra following some top tips during net sessions with Saeed Ajmal when the Pakistan star enjoyed a short stint at New Road in summer 2011
He possesses a strong cricketing pedigree, with his brother Kadeer and cousin Kabir both plying their trade on the county circuit.