Moeen Ali: England all-rounder cleared for table-topping Worcs

Moeen Ali has hit 238 runs in five T20 innings for Worcestershire this season
Moeen Ali has so far played in five of Worcestershire's seven matches in the T20 Blast, making 238 runs

England's Moeen Ali has been allowed to play for North Group table toppers Worcestershire in Friday's T20 Blast game against Northants at New Road.

The 28-year-old all-rounder was given clearance to play by the England and Wales Cricket Board in his final game before linking up with the pre-Ashes England training camp in Spain.

Worcestershire went top thanks to last Friday's home victory over Derbyshire.

That followed a thrilling last-over win against Lancashire the night before.

And wicketkeeper Ben Cox, the matchwinner at Old Trafford with a six over long on off the penultimate ball from Australian World Cup winner James Faulkner, says their efforts so far have been a real team effort.

New Road reunion for Willey and Munro
Friday's Worcestershire-Northants clash at New Road will bring together two players who were on opposing sides in England's T20 win over New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, Northants and England all-rounder David Willey and the Black Caps' Colin Munro, who lasted just two balls as his team lost by 56 runs

"We've got a bit of everything," he said. "If you look at T20 now it's about covering bases and we've got every base covered.

"Up top, Daryl Mitchell tries to bat through and then we've got Moeen Ali when he is available, a world class player, and Saeed Ajmal as well. And we have the power of Ross Whiteley and Brett D'Oliveira, who has come back into the side. You've got finishers there."

Having picked up five wins out of seven, at the halfway stage in a tightly contested North Group, Steve Rhodes' side are on course to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons - and hoping to put an end to the unwanted tag of never having made Finals Day.

"Everyone has won two or three games which makes it a tight group," Cox added. "Hopefully, people will see us as a good, threatening side because we've got one hell of a T20 line-up. You just look through our side and there is no rest for the opposition."

In what could be his final appearance of the summer for Worcestershire, Moeen will be out to repeat the 90 in 50 balls he hammered when Worcestershire won by 14 runs at Wantage Road in the reverse fixture.

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