Cricket World Cup 2015: England have 'so much to play for'

Moeen Ali
Moeen was dismissed for 10 in England's defeat by Australia
Cricket World Cup Pool A: New Zealand v England
Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium Date: Friday, 20 February Time: 01:00 GMT
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All-rounder Moeen Ali says England have put their crushing World Cup defeat by Australia behind them and are ready to show they are a "good, serious side".

"We have so much to play for," he said. "The World Cup is not decided over one game. It is a long period of time."

England take on New Zealand in their second Pool A match on Friday.

"Australia have set the standard and New Zealand is going to be just as hard. We are going to have to up our skill level and our game," he added.

"It's a very tough draw to play two of the best sides up front.

"If we can win on Friday, it puts us in a great position. It will show everybody that we are a good, serious side."

Moeen Ali on bowling at the end of an innings
"We've been trying to plan different ways of how we are going to bowl at the death. It's not easy. I've never bowled at the death. I can imagine it is very difficult against guys who are set and with the boundaries being not as big. But as long as we are improving and we have a plan, then we'll be OK."

England will fancy their chances of getting through to the knockout stages with matches against minnows Bangladesh, Scotland and Afghanistan to follow their game against Pool A leaders New Zealand in Wellington.

Moeen admitted England, who also lost to Australia in the tri-series final a few days before the World Cup, had been well below the mark in their 111-run defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"That was probably the worst we've played in Australia throughout the trip so far," he said. "It's good to get that game out the way, even though it was a bad result for us."

And the Worcestershire player is determined to make a big score after being dismissed for 10 in that match.

"As a top-order batsman if we can get in and look to bat the 50 overs or even 35 overs these days, you can get double hundreds," he explained.

"Guys are getting close now, when they get a hundred they get big hundreds.

"It's a about us getting in and doing it for the team."

Pool A
TeamPlayedWonLostN/RR/RPoints
1New Zealand2200+2.624
2Australia1100+2.222
3Afghanistan000000
4Bangladesh000000
5Sri Lanka1010-1.960
6England1010-2.220
7Scotland1010-3.040

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