Moeen Ali believes he has benefited from his time in the IPL

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Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali admits he might have played more football than cricket during his time at the Indian Premier League but believes he can come out of the tournament a better one-day cricketer.

The England international has played just four of 13 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore since being signed for £187,000 at the auction, and has been more involved in the pre-match warm-ups than the action in the middle.

But the all-rounder made his best contribution yet when he struck 65 in 34 balls in Thursday's victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, including six sixes, as well as taking the wicket of international team-mate Alex Hales.

"I felt I have been playing football quite a lot but I guess it's great to be in the team and winning," he told the franchise's official website.

"I feel like I have been playing well in the nets and practice, but it was almost nice to have a break. I wasn't in great form coming here.

"It is just nice to go out and express myself in the last game here...for my own confidence and the team's confidence in me. Hopefully we can keep going and I can keep this form going as well."

Moeen endured a difficult winter in Australia and New Zealand and was left out of the the first Test squad under new national selector Ed Smith.

Despite that he hopes his work with former South Africa and India coach Gary Kirsten and Trent Woodhill will leave him a better batsman in the white ball game.

"Gary and Trent have worked the most with my batting. I have been trying to hit more balls and be consistent in hitting the boundaries," he said.

"I have really worked on my game and I feel going further in the future for RCB and for England, hopefully it will help me become a better one-day player. Hopefully it is going to improve my game."

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