England all-rounder Moeen Ali has asked for a definite position in the batting order, claiming that he currently does not have a clue about where he will bat ahead of the fourth Test against India at Mumbai. Ali has occupied all batting positions from 1-9 in his 35 Test-career to date, adding the number three to his resume for the first time in the second innings during England's loss at Mohali.
The 29-year-old, who has made himself an integral member of the England side in all three formats of the game, confirmed that he does not know at what position he will bat in the fourth Test. Ali has asked for a definite batting position but claims that he does not mind batting anywhere for the sake of the team.
"I don't have a clue yet, I'll probably find out tomorrow. I was down to bat five from Bangladesh onwards, but form or balance of the side meant I was pushed up to four and then three in the last innings. Obviously, I don't mind, but close in the future I'd like to have a position I can try to nail down", Ali said, as quoted by DailyMail.
The all-rounder, though, did say that his nature of agreeing to bat anywhere might actually go against him with his agreeability perhaps not helping him.
"Probably yes, I have been told sometimes that's not a good thing. But I just get on with it, whatever they tell me. I've always been like that, even from a youngster.
Ali has so far scored 141 runs at an average of 28.20 with one century to his name while taking seven wickets at 40.71 with the ball. The Birmingham lad will have a big role to play if England are to come back and level the series with the Three Lions currently trailing 2-0 with two more matches to go.
The fourth Test between India and England starts on 8 December at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.