58 Facts About Moeen Ali

1. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali scored fifties on day one at North Sound.

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2. Moeen Ali achieved a top score in the US admissions test and was accepted by most Ivy League institutions, including Harvard and Yale.

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3. In 2009, Moeen Ali completed his A Levels in a staggering 23 subjects, a world record at that time.

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4. Moeen Ali spent a full season learning and developing the off-sinner's googly.

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5. Moeen Ali made his first-class debut for Warwickshire in 2005, against Cambridge University.

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6. Moeen Ali was signed by county club Warwickshire aged just 15.

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7. Moeen Ali is of Pakistani descent and belongs to the Mirpuri community.

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8. Moeen Ali has not looked back since making his England debut and is a vital part of the team now across all formats.

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9. Moeen Ali has established himself as England's first choice all-rounder in a short span of time.

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10. In 2015, Moeen Ali joined an international NGO named Orphans in Need as a global ambassador and carried the charity's logo on his bat.

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11. Moeen Ali is an Ambassador of StreetChance, a programme providing free weekly cricket coaching sessions in deprived areas in the UK, run by the Cricket Foundation and Barclays Spaces For Sports.

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12. Moeen Ali took his first ten-wicket haul in Tests and was the first England player since Ian Botham to score a Test half-century and take ten wickets in the same match.

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13. Moeen Ali took one wicket in the match, as England won by nine wickets.

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14. Moeen Ali scored a crucial unbeaten 41 against Afghanistan to keep England's hopes of progressing to the semi-finals alive.

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15. Moeen Ali made 61 with the bat but England collapsed in their second innings, with Ali making an unbeaten ten.

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16. Moeen Ali was named as man of the match in the first Test as England won by 241 runs.

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17. Moeen Ali took two wickets in Scotland's innings as he earned the man of the match award.

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18. Moeen Ali scored a century in the next match against Scotland, making 128 from 107 balls to help England to a score of 303.

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19. Moeen Ali made his debut for Worcestershire in their ten-wicket win over Loughborough UCCE on 25 April 2007.

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20. Moeen Ali took his first wickets in first-class cricket, and his first three victims were all Test players: Stuart Law, Dominic Cork and Dave Mohammed.

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21. Moeen Ali made three half-centuries in the tournament, and took seven wickets.

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22. Moeen Ali was then selected for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Sri Lanka, and was immediately promoted to captain by coach Andy Pick.

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23. Moeen Ali became known fondly as "the beard that's feared" at New Road.

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24. Moeen Ali belongs to the Mirpuri community; his grandfather migrated to England from Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.

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25. Moeen Ali was named one of the Cricketers of the Year in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

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26. Moeen Ali claimed the key scalp of Niroshan Dickwella for 35, then clean bowled Suranga Lakmal for duck before Jack Leach ended things with a caught and bowled to see off last man Malinda Pushpakumara and bag his maiden five-wicket haul.

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27. Moeen Ali took four wickets and Adil Rashid one as England's three frontline spinners accounted for the whole innings, as well as 18 of Sri Lanka's 20.

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28. Moeen Ali strikes as England wrap up Test series victory against Sri Lanka.

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29. Sri Lanka vs England, 1st Test: Moeen Ali bowls England to big win.

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30. Moeen Ali starred with both bat and ball as England cruised to victory over Sri Lanka A on Friday.

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31. Moeen Ali has not taken chance batting at three—Bayliss.

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32. Moeen Ali picks four wickets as England thrash Sri Lanka in Herath's farewell Test.

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33. Moeen Ali stars as England end long wait for away Test victory in emphatic style.

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34. Moeen Ali led the way with four wickets as England raced to a 211-run four-day win over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle.

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35. Sri Lanka v England: Moeen Ali takes four as tourists cruise to victory in first Test.

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36. Moeen Ali took four wickets as England dismissed Sri Lanka for 203 after Ben Foakes had completed his century on debut.

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37. Moeen Ali avoided a pair but did not linger, desperately hacking Dilruwan Perera to mid-on for three attempting to up the ante.

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38. Moeen Ali stars as England take complete control against meek Sri Lanka.

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39. Moeen Ali claimed four wickets as England bowled Sri Lanka out to take a substantial lead on day two of the first Test after debutant Ben Foakes made a classy century in Galle.

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40. Moeen Ali helps England take control of first Sri Lanka Test after Ben Foakes makes history.

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41. Moeen Ali takes four-wicket haul to put England in command against Sri Lanka.

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42. Moeen Ali takes four wickets to build on Ben Foakes century as England bowl Sri Lanka out for 203.

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43. Moeen Ali could bat at No 3 in the first Test against Sri Lanka, although that could change if he has bowled a lot of overs.

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44. In January 2015, Moeen Ali was nominated for the Best at Sport award at the British Muslim Awards.

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45. Moeen Ali wore "Save Gaza" and "Free Palestine" wristbands in connection with the Gaza conflict during day 2 of the third Test match of the 2014 series against India.

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46. Moeen Ali played in the first ODI against the West Indies, and made an unbeaten 31 in the first game as England won by 45 runs.

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47. In the Test series against South Africa, Moeen Ali returned to his place in the lower middle order.

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48. In the ODI series against Australia, Moeen Ali made 17 in the first match, but England suffered a defeat.

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49. Moeen Ali was selected in the England side for the 2015 Ashes series.

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50. In the first Test against India, Moeen Ali took four wickets in the match, as well as scoring 14 with the bat.

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51. Moeen Ali was named in the England Test squad for their series against Sri Lanka, before making his debut in the first Test.

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52. Moeen Ali was called up to the England development squad ahead of their Australian Ashes tour.

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53. Moeen Ali received additional opportunities for his county in 2006, playing his first List A games.

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54. Moeen Ali signed for Warwickshire aged just 15, hitting a half-century for the county's Second XI a few days before his 16th birthday.

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55. Moeen Ali is a Muslim, of Pakistani descent, and was born in Birmingham.

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56. As of 2017, Moeen Ali represents England in all formats of the game.

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57. Moeen Ali beats off competition from the likes of Ravi Bopara to win the Player of the Year accolade at the Asian Cricket Awards.

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58. Moeen Ali says each of England's three spinners are capable of spearheading the attack when their Test series against Sri Lanka gets underway.

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