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Five Moeen Ali stats that England fans should love

Moeen Ali’s mid-series rest has proven a significant talking point since the end of the second Test against India.

While Mo returning home for the rest of the red-ball series may frustrate some, in these challenging times England’s rotation system is one designed to protect the players, and in that sense, there can be no arguing with it.

The news that he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for around £700,000 in this year’s IPL auction is likely to restart the debate but rather than add yet another voice to the noise on the topic, we’re turning to the stats to help us celebrate Mo and all he’s given us in the Test arena so far…

0 – The number of England players that scored more runs or took more wickets than him in the second Test v India

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(ESPNcricinfo)

The second Test in Chennai was hardly England’s finest performance but in his return to the red-ball game, the off-spinning all-rounder proved the tourists’ most effective player with both bat and ball.

Mo finished with 8 wickets for 217 and 49 runs, the majority of which were made in a barrage in the second innings.

5 – The number of Test cricketers with more player of the match awards since his debut 

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(Wisden)

Time and time again, Mo has proven a match-winner for England. Few stats illustrate that sort of impact like this one. There are just five Test cricketers that have received more player of the match awards since he made his debut in 2014.

Their names? Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Ben Stokes, Joe Root, and Steve Smith. That’s impressive company.

59.9 – Mo’s strike rate, which is among the highest of any spinners with 100+ wickets since WWII

(Mohandas Menon)

While Menon’s Tweet came earlier in the year – meaning the strike rates of Ravi Ashwin (53.4), Yasir Shah (57.8), Ravi Jadeja (59.7), and Mo (59.9) have all changed – the England spinner once again finds himself in top-class company.

The Worcestershire man has taken his 189 wickets at a strike rate of 59.9, while also pilling on 2831, usually beautifully, made runs. Special.

0 – The number of England spinners that have taken more wickets than Mo at a better strike rate

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(Wisden)

We’re not saying Mo’s the greatest English spinner of all time, even he would likely object to that, but this stat illustrates just what a talented bowler he is.

His bowling has so often been underestimated, which is perhaps unsurprising when you can bat the way he can, but his strike rate puts him out alone among spinners to have taken as many or more wickets as him.

6 – The batting positions Mo has scored more than 100 runs in

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One thing that the elegant left-hander has shown time and time again in the seven years since his Test debut is his versatility. Few players have been moved around in the batting line-up more than Mo but more often than not he does the job.

That’s illustrated by the fact that, according to TMS’ Andrew Samson, he is the first batsman to score more than 100 runs in the six positions between 4 and 6.