Ali ready for true Test
1:17pm Tuesday 10th June 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Moeen Ali is confident he is ready to make a success of his likely Test debut at Lord's this week.
The Worcestershire player is part of England's 12-man squad for the series opener against Sri Lanka starting on Thursday and is pencilled in as the side's spin-bowling all-rounder.
The 26-year-old made his name in county cricket as a front-line batsman but England's lack of in-form spinners means he has been selected for Peter Moores' comeback Test as head coach as much for his bowling as his runs.
And it is a challenge he is delighted to embrace.
"I don' think it gets better than this in international cricket, hopefully to make your debut at Lord's...I can't describe the feeling but it means a lot," he told Sky Sports News.
"I can't wait to walk through that room (Lord's' Long Room) and get out there.
"It's nice to be part of a new era - a similar thing happened with Worcestershire in county cricket when some big guys left and I had to step up.
"Every time I play I learn something, even in county cricket.
"I know my game bowling-wise and if I can pick up a few things from the guys around me, like the wicketkeeper who can give me tips, I'm happy to do that.
"I feel like I'm ready (as a batsman); I had a good knock last week and I'm ready to play."