Moeen Ali: England star desperate to play for Worcestershire in 2015

Moeen Ali, Worcestershire and England
Moeen began his career with Warwickshire but moved to Worcestershire in 2007

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has said he will be "gutted" if he does not get the chance to play for newly-promoted Worcestershire in 2015.

Moeen, 27, was awarded a central contract after a successful start to his Test career and helped his county beat Surrey to earn their place in Division One next summer.

"If I don't play at all next year, I will be gutted," Moeen told BBC Sport.

"But I'll also be happy because it means I'm doing all right for England."

Moeen's excellent international summer included his maiden Test century in the series against Sri Lanka, before he starred with the ball in England's 3-1 series win over India.

Moeen Ali's maiden Test summer
v Sri Lankav India
Matches: 2Matches: 5
Runs: 162Runs: 124
Average: 54.00Average: 20.67
Best: 108*Best: 39
Wickets: 3Wickets: 19
Average: 60.33Average: 23.00
Best: 2-74Best: 6-67

In his first appearance in the one-day series with India, Moeen struck a quick-fire 67 in England's defeat at Edgbaston.

The Birmingham-born all-rounder's exploits earned him his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board but the deal will limit his availability for domestic cricket.

"I love playing for Worcestershire," he said. "Since the day I got here, it's always been homely. It's something I really love about this place.

"So we will see what happens, it's a long time away now and I've got a busy winter hopefully.

"But I'll be preparing to play Division One next year anyway."

Worcestershire clinched their place in the top flight of the County Championship with a thrilling 27-run win over Surrey at New Road in their penultimate game of the season.

Moeen scored two half-centuries and took four wickets in a match that Worcestershire looked like losing, until Jack Shantry's heroics turned things around and saw them to an unlikely victory.

"To win like that after being down and out almost was brilliant," Moeen added.

"To do it after not playing so well is a fantastic achievement.

"For me, being promoted is the icing on cake after a great summer. Now hopefully we can go up as champions."

Worcestershire will take the Division Two title if they can beat promotion-chasing Essex in the final match at Chelmsford starting on 23 September.

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