BBC Sport - Moeen Ali will rise to challenge of opening - Joe Root

Moeen will rise to challenge - Root

Vice-captain Joe Root says Moeen Ali will "rise to the challenge" if he is picked to open the batting for England in the first Test against Pakistan in the UAE.

England are searching for a new partner for captain Alastair Cook at the top of the order and Moeen looks the most likely candidate, though he has scored only 41 runs in his past three innings.

The First Test in Abu Dhabi begins on Tuesday, with ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app.

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