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Moeen Ali happy being the man to turn to for spin

MOEEN ALI is ready to cast off his self-imposed title of ‘second spinner’ as England prepare for tomorrow’s first Test with the West Indies.

The all-rounder has 163 Test wickets but has in the past admitted he does not feel comfortable being regarded as a frontline spinner.

England played three slow bowlers in Sri Lanka before Christmas but, if Joe Root opts to field a single spinner in Barbados, Moeen insists he will finally feel at home in the role.

‘I wouldn’t find it as difficult to be the only spinner in the side as I once probably did,’ he said. ‘I thought we all worked really well together in Sri Lanka but if the responsibility is on myself then I’m happy with it.’

Moeen’s batting will be utilised down the order after another failed foray up to No.3 in Sri Lanka.

And the 31-year-old now admits playing in the middle order best suits his approach.

‘At this moment in my career, I don’t have the patience I used to,’ he said. ‘I feel like I am quite important down the order, can change the momentum of the game and I like that role.’