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Moeen Ali says England’s 111-run defeat to Australia was the worst performance his side have put in this summer, but admits it was the wake-up call they needed.
England were battered at the MCG last Saturday, but the left-hander remains optimistic about his side’s chances for the remainder of the World Cup.
“The World Cup is not decided over one game,” Ali is quoted as saying by Associated Press.
“There’s a long way to go. That was probably the worst we’ve played in Australia throughout the trip so far. It’s good to get that game out of the way now even though it was a bad result for us.”
The task doesn’t get any easier for England, who now face co-hosts and tournament favourites New Zealand on Friday.
Ali says the match against the Black Caps in Wellington will be just as difficult as facing old nemesis Australia.
“Australia have set the standard and New Zealand is going to be just as hard we feel,” Ali continued.
“We’re going to have to up our skill level and our game against New Zealand. It shows just how tough international cricket is and in a major tournament we are going to have to be ready.”
Despite the massive challenge that lies ahead for England, Ali sees it as a massive opportunity to get back on track in the tournament.
“It’s a very tough start,” Ali concluded.
“We play two of the best sides – they are two tough games up front. But if we can win on Friday it puts us in a great position. It will show everybody that we are a good, serious side.”