New Delhi: England's all-rounder Moeen Ali said his role as a spin bowler will be revolving around being economical and not taking wickets in the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India.
"I have not been here many times. My job will be simple - to contain runs, not get hit for too many boundaries and not look too much wicket-wise. The pitches are very good here and the boundaries are short. My job will be to be very economical. I work on my bowling a lot harder than I used to, said Ali.
The mega event started in India from March 8 as the qualifiers are taking place right now.
Ali also said that he prefers to bowl on pitches that don't offer much turn.
"I like to bowl on those pitches that don't really spin a lot. It is a little bit easier in terms of your line. But when it is spinning, you have more chances of getting wickets. But there you will also leak more runs if it is spinning as much with my style of bowling,” said the all-rounder.
Moeen had troubled India with his off spin bowling when India had toured England for a Test series two years ago.
Ali is one of three slow bowlers in the England squad for the ICC World T20 Championship that started with the qualifying on Tuesday.
Ali, who will be an important figure of the spin department with leggie Adil Rashid and left-arm Liam Dawson, still sees himself as a batting allrounder.
"I like to see myself as a batsman even though I am batting at eight. My role in the team is a little different now. So I have to consider what is keeping me in the team,” said Ali.
England begin their campaign against West Indies on March 16 next week.