Moeen’s captaincy stint whets appetite for more

Worcestershire batsman Moeen Ali’s brief stint as acting captain has whetted his appetite to do the job again in the future.

Moeen filled in for three weeks while club captain Daryl Mitchell was recovering from a side strain and ended his spell in charge by leading Worcestershire to their first County Championship win of the season against defending champions Nottinghamshire at New Road.

It was Moeen’s first captaincy experience since he led England Under-19s in the Youth World Cup five years ago. Though Moeen admitted that speaking in team meetings and captaining more experienced players were challenges, he grew to enjoy the role.

“At first I wasn’t sure though it was something that I have always wanted to do,” he said.

“But the last couple of games I did OK and I felt more comfortable. I’m still inexperienced as a captain and it’s not easy captaining much more senior players.

“But I talked a lot to people like Vikram Solanki and Ben Scott, who have much more experience than me, and that helped.

“Having had this experience it’s something that I would like to do again in the future. It was great experience but Daryl Mitchell is a very good captain in my opinion and he’s back now – thankfully.

“The one thing I didn’t like about the job was team meetings and having to speak in front of everyone. So I used to give everyone else the opportunity to speak.”

Meanwhile Worcestershire hope that Australian seamer Damien Wright will be able to return to action in the Friends Life t20 match against Yorkshire at Headingley on June 9.

Wright limped out of the Nottinghamshire win with a calf problem which has now been identified as bruising rather than a tear.

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