Moeen expects Saqib Mahmood to ‘learn from’ off-night at death

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The fast bowler delivered the fourth-most expensive final over in a men’s T20I on Sunday night

Saqib Mahmood will benefit from his experience of bowling an expensive final over in England’s nervy one-run win against West Indies in Barbados on Sunday night.
That is the view of Moeen Ali, who told Mahmood that he had no choice by to “try and learn from it” after he was hit for two fours and three sixes by West Indies’ No. 10, Akeal Hosein, with 30 runs to defend.

With two wides also thrown into the mix, Mahmood conceded 28 runs in total, making it the fourth-most expensive final over in men’s T20 international history, according to ESPNcricinfo’s data.

“He will learn a hell of a lot today,” Moeen said. “He’s still young, he’s still finding his way. He’s been in and around the squad after bowling so well in the summer in England. It just shows that in different conditions, you’ve got to bowl differently.

“I’m sure he’ll be thinking about things that he can improve on but he’s got so much talent and I think someone like him, you’ve got to go through this to get better and I’m sure he’ll be taking this as a lesson. Hopefully he can learn from it but he’s got so much ability.

“I always believe it’s good sometimes for a young batsman to fail a little bit and a young bowler to get hit because you can only learn from that. I’m sure he’s going to do that.”

Moeen is one of England’s senior players in this series, and said that it was important for them to stand up in the absence of multi-format players like Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan and Ben Stokes, none of whom were considered for selection.

“With such great players missing – guys who perform all the time almost – we have to step up and show our experience and lead from the front,” he said. “That’s what Morgs [Eoin Morgan] wants from us.

“We have to do that with the guys who haven’t played much, so they can watch, learn and also try and perform as well. I think the senior players have to step up in a series like this for us to compete and win the series.

“I spoke to him [Mahmood] earlier and said ‘whatever you do, just try and be a bit more clear about things’. These things happen, every single one of us who has experience in this team has gone through the same thing, so it’s a learning curve [and he has to] try and learn from it.”

Morgan revealed that Mahmood’s plan had been to bowl yorkers but conceded that England’s execution at the death had been “nowhere near as good as we would like” and that there was significant room for improvement at the end of an innings.

Tom Curran, who is missing this series through injury, said that Mahmood – his Oval Invincibles team-mate in the Hundred – would be “harsh on himself” for missing his yorkers but that he would “learn from” a difficult night.

“For a lot of the guys, how they will reflect is judging themselves on the execution, not only the result of what happened to the ball,” Curran said while working as a pundit for BT Sport. “I think Saqi will be harsh on himself for a couple of his deliveries that he bowled but he’ll bounce back strongly I’m sure.

“It’s one of the tougher roles to do as a bowler and no doubt they’ll be back. That’s one of the first times Saqi has had to do that at the end for England, so he’ll learn from that and be back stronger. He’s just come off the back of a really good Big Bash and he’s bowling well.”

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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