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Moeen not up to the job of putting Oz in a spin: Boycott


By David Clough

Moeen Ali's bowling again came under the spotlight on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test, with Geoffrey Boycott suggesting England should look elsewhere for a spinner.

Ali has taken just three wickets during the Ashes series so far and bowled only six overs on day one as Australia closed on 244 for three, having won the toss on a flat pitch.

Such is Joe Root's apparent lack of faith in Ali as a bowler, the skipper gave more overs to part-time spinner Dawid Malan.

Boycott said: "We have no spinner have we? Moeen only bowled six overs, it's hard for Joe Root when you don't have a quality spinner.

"What England had to offer - fast-medium bowling - they did as well as they could, and the afternoon session was absolutely brilliant. But it's difficult to do that all day because it's in the batsman's favour.

"They need another spinner because Mooen is really a batsman, but they can't afford to leave Moeen out because they are frightened of the batting.

"They could do with a quality spinner, someone new, like Tom Curran, who has the energy.

"We don't have pace and don't have a quality spinner and that hurts you in the end."

Meanwhile, James Anderson could barely watch as England debutant Curran suffered the "worst feeling" when his prize maiden Test wicket was chalked off for a no-ball.

Curran reflected on the moment his joy at having David Warner caught for 99 in front of almost 90,000 spectators turned to horror as the big screen at the MCG replayed his overstep.

It fell to Anderson to have Warner caught-behind soon afterwards for 103 - the 100th Ashes wicket of his record-breaking career.

Recalling Curran's misfortune, Anderson said: "I was gutted for him."

Curran also relived the moment at stumps.

"It was horrible, the worst feeling I've had," he said.

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