Aussies gave us a wakeup call: Moeen Ali

Wellington , PTI | Updated : 17 February 2015, 11:54 AM

Moeen Ali insisted Tuesday that England were “over” a crushing defeat by title-favourites Australia in their opening match of the World Cup.

England were thumped by 111 runs in Melbourne on Saturday in a game where little went right for them from the moment they dropped Australia century-maker Aaron Finch off the fifth ball of the match.

Co-hosts Australia piled up 342 for nine before dismissing their arch-rivals for 231 to record an emphatic victory.

“Obviously we were disappointed after the result, but we are over it now,” said England opener Ali, whose side now face another stiff Pool A challenge when they face New Zealand, the other host nation, in Wellington on Friday.

“We know we have to move on. The next game is very, very important for us,” said Ali. “Individually, everybody has done their own little bit. We have had a couple of days off and then we analyse it together and go from there.”

Ali said there was still plenty of time for England to recover and book their place in the quarter-finals.

“We have so much to play for,” he said. “It was just one game. The World Cup is not decided over one game. It is a long period of time. There’s a long way to go.”

All 14 teams will play six first-round matches, with the top four from each of the two pools qualifying for the quarter-finals.

But with New Zealand also one of the fancied sides to win the World Cup, Ali was well aware that things were not about to get any easier for England.

First Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:44 AM
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