Moeen grateful for Root's review input


Moeen Ali has Joe Root to thank for triggering a run of successful reviews that helped him top score for England on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh.

Moeen led a charmed life when it came to the Decision Review System, surviving two Bangladesh attempts to secure his removal and then successfully overturning the umpire's call three times when given out on day one in Chittagong. 

The all-rounder guided the tourists, with the help of Jonny Bairstow's 52, to reach a respectable 258-7 on a turning track at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Thursday.

"It felt like the hardest 68 I've ever scored in my life," Moeen told the BBC.

"With the reviews and stuff, everything going my way was nice. And the one they didn't review was the one that was out. 

"If it wasn't for Rooty I probably would have walked on the first one. 

"I felt I was out but he said 'no, it's going down leg'. The second one I knew it was outside the line. And the other one I felt like I had a tiny little nick. 

"The way I'm set up with my batting I didn't feel like I was out. And when you don't feel like [you are out] you've got to take your review. 

"It's a difficult pitch for the umpires as well when you're not sure how much it's spinning. To give those lbws is not easy."

England looked to be in trouble at 21-3, having lost debutant Ben Duckett, captain Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance cheaply in the first 12 overs, as teenage newcomer Mehedi Hasan stole the show for the Tigers with a five-for in his first appearance at Test level.

But the visitors ended the day in a reasonable situation, prompting Moeen to acknowledge the team were relatively satisfied with their efforts.

When asked if 250 or more would prove to be a useful total, he said: "I think so. Especially after the first over from the spinner. We didn't think it was going to spin so much.

"We lost Jonny [Bairstow] at the end there, which was a big blow for us. But we'll take that at the moment. 

"The harder the ball is, the more it's going to spin. We've got a big role to play tomorrow. It's tough to say what's a good score first innings until we've bowled on it and they've batted on it. 

"We're in a decent position but we want to be greedy now and get a few more."