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Joe Root defends Moeen Ali after England suffer heavy defeat in Ashes opener

Joe Root insists England will "not make too many emotional decisions" after they crashed to a 251-run defeat against Australia at Edgbaston to fall 1-0 down in the 2019 Ashes. England needed to bat out the final day to escape with a draw but Nathan Lyon's six for 49 hastened their demise, all out for 146 before tea as Australia drew first blood in the Specsavers series. Lyon's efforts threw Moeen Ali's ineffective contribution into harsh light, with England's premier off-spinner offering neither a consistent threat nor control on day four as Australia were allowed to rack up a mammoth total. Moeen's place in the XI has come under scrutiny, with Jack Leach tipped to replace the Worcestershire all-rounder in the second Test at Lord's next week, but England captain Root was tight-lipped about the situation.

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