England v India: Moeen Ali says hosts’ heavy defeat in the first ODI will be a ‘good thing’

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England’s humiliating loss to India in the opening one-day international will be a “positive thing,” according to all-rounder Moeen Ali.

Tuesday’s loss by ten wickets at The Oval marked England’s first such defeat at home and first overall in eleven years.

The world champions, who will defend their 50-over title the following year, were bowled out for 110 before it happened.

As the World Cup [in 2023] approaches, “we should start winning more games,” hoped Moeen.

“We want to win right now, but you don’t want to win every game,” he said.

It is beneficial. Losing might also teach you additional things at times.

After England’s victory over New Zealand in the World Cup final in July 2019, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler hadn’t played together in an ODI until Tuesday’s loss. This was due to rest, rotation, and a focus on other formats.

Roy, Root, and Stokes were all dismissed for ducks after England was put in to bat on a bouncy pitch and Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah took 6-19.

The hosts, who were previously 59-7, were only able to beat their lowest ODI score of 86 thanks to lower-order hitting.

This was England’s first home 50-over game since Buttler took over as captain after Eoin Morgan lost a series to India 2-1 last week.

In May, Matthew Mott also took over as the white-ball trainer. It will undoubtedly take some time and maybe a few setbacks, which is okay, added Moeen.

The group will be okay. There is no reason to worry or panic. Since we have so many seasoned players, we will contribute.

“We have been playing well and winning a lot for the past few years. We have been dominating.”

“I sometimes think you shouldn’t peak too soon. As [injured fast bowler] Mark Wood would attest, there are still players who need to be added. We’ll be alright. I’m sure of it. They did a great job with their bowling on that surface.”

On Thursday, the second ODI will start at 13:00 BST at Lord’s.

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