England's Moeen Ali unfazed by prospect of facing Ashes nemesis Nathan Lyon in ODI series

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Ali was dismissed seven times by Lyon in the Ashes series.

Moeen Ali insists he is ready to face up to his Ashes tormentor Nathan Lyon in England‘s one-day series against Australia.

Off-spinner Lyon dismissed Moeen seven times across Australia’s 4-0 Ashes series win, but now the Worcestershire star believes he can put those troubles behind him.

England will launch their five-match 50-over series against Australia at The Oval on Wednesday, with Moeen intent on letting nothing divert focus from his natural batting approach.

“He’s bowled really well and got me out a few times,” said Moeen of Lyon. “But you don’t get medals for getting guys out all the time. Who cares? I’m just moving on.

“When we played in the Ashes in England, he never got me out once and nobody said anything. You just get on with it.”

Lyon has revealed his stint at Moeen’s county Worcestershire allowed him to gain some important batting intelligence on the England man.

Moeen himself believes Lyon could have gained the same insight from any basic analysis of his batting traits – remaining intent on losing no sleep over the issue.

“If you look at a few of my dismissals, you’d probably know that anyway,” said Moeen.

“It doesn’t take Einstein to work that out. You don’t have to be that clever to work that out. Just get on with it.

“He bowled really well at me, I found him difficult in Australia but one-day cricket is different. I’m in a different mindset at the moment to what I was then.”

Ali is happy with his batting rhythm at the moment

Ali is happy with his batting rhythm at the moment

Moeen’s quick-fire 46 was not enough to stop England’s shock six-run defeat to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

The 30-year-old miscued an attempt at a big hit for his dismissal at the weekend, but remained adamant he has nothing he needs to change in his technique, or mental preparation.

“It’s all right when you hit them for six, great shot; I’d hit two or three for six,” said Moeen.

“I’m going to stay true to myself and not worry about what people say. There is a lot of negativity around.

“Scotland played really well, we couldn’t stop them from scoring runs and they made it really hard for us and they deserved to win.

“When they are going for six and you’re playing well, everyone is trying to big you up. Mishit one, get out, all the negative people come out.

“From a personal point, I’m going to keep enjoying how I bat, I feel like I’ve found a bit of rhythm.

“Obviously, in an ideal world, you want to knock them off and win the game. The ball was there to hit and I just mishit it.”

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Scotland v Pakistan LIVE: Pakistan beat Scotland by 48 runs in first T20I

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Pakistan's bowlers comfortable defender their total of 204 in the end.

Less than 48 hours after beating the No1 ranked England side in a one-off ODI, Scotland will lock horns with Pakistan in the first of the two T20Is at the Grange Cricket Club in Edinburgh.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first. The Pakistan captain top-scored for the visitors as he slammed an unbeaten 89 off just 49 balls while Shoaib Malik chipped in with 53 (27). Pakistan ended their innings at 204-4 in 20 overs.

In reply, Scotland’s openers George Munsey and Kyle Coetzer have started in confident fashion after amassing 44 runs from the first four overs of their innings. However, once Hasan Ali removed Munsey, the wheels came of Scotland’s innings. Once leg-spinner Shadab Khan dismissed Richie Berrington and Calum MacLeod, the writing was on the wall for Scotland despite a late mini resurgence.

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Afghanistan spin prodigy Mujeeb ur Rahman intends to use mystery-ball taught by Ravichandran Ashwin in maiden Test

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Mujeeb intends to make his IPL stint count. Image - IPL/Twitter.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s tips to Mujeeb ur Rahman might come back to bite the Indian team in Afghanistan’s inaugural Test which gets underway on July 14.

Having played under the captaincy of Ashwin at Kings XI Punjab in his maiden stint in the IPL, the Afghan youngster has revealed he intends to use a mystery ball taught to him by the senior India spinner when the two teams meet at Bengaluru.

“I spent a lot of time with Ashwin at the nets and it was really helpful. He told me spots where to bowl. He has also taught me a new ball and I am trying to learn it. It is a carrom ball with an off-spin action,” the teenage spin prodigy told the Press Trust of India in an interview.

The teenager picked up 14 wickets with an outstanding economy-rate in the IPL this year before an injury to his bowling hand cut short his tournament. That IPL stint, Mujeeb believes will hold him in great stead when Afghanistan take on the No1 ranked Indian team.

Mujeeb has enjoyed a meteoric rise in international cricket.

Mujeeb has enjoyed a meteoric rise in international cricket.

“I have played high-level cricket already so there is no fear going into the Test. Thanks to the IPL, I know how to handle pressure. I don’t fear playing against any opposition. It used to play on my mind but not anymore,” the youngster stated.

Mujeeb and leg-spinner Rashid Khan are a part of a strong Afghan spin contingent for the historic Test which will be held at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

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