Worcestershire off-spinner Moeen Ali is unlikely to unveil his newly-developed ‘doosra’ in a competitive match until just before this season’s Friends Life t20.
The 24-year-old England Lions player has been working on perfecting the ‘doosra’ since last summer after he was encouraged to develop it by Pakistan mystery spinner Saeed Ajmal during a stint as Worcestershire’s overseas player.
Moeen’s ‘doosra’ is still a work in progress and he has so far bowled it only in the nets. But Moeen hopes to have sufficient confidence in his new weapon to use it for the first time in the Clydesdale Bank 40 matches that precede this season’s domestic Twenty20 Cup competition.
“The aim is to bowl it in the T20s, but probably not much before that,” Moeen said. “Maybe I’ll try it in some of the one-dayers just before the T20 starts.
“I bowled it a couple of times against England when I was out with the Lions in Abu Dhabi but I haven’t worked on it too much since I got back because I’ve been concentrating on bowling normally.”
Apart from perfecting the ‘doosra’ Moeen has also had to learn how to bowl a conventional off-spinner without an obvious change of action which might alert a batsman that he is about to deliver the off-spinner’s equivalent of the googly.
“It’s frustrating at times and it’s something that you can only perfect with practice. It’s coming out nicely but it’s a bit inconsistent,” Moeen said.
“It was Saeed who inspired me to bowl it. I have always been able to bowl a top spinner, but Saeed said that he thought that I should try to bowl the doosra.
“He said that if I worked hard it would probably take me a year or so to learn how to bowl it.”