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The Guardian’s cricket correspondent Ali Martin reports on two of England’s star players of Muslim heritage, ‘Moeen Ali … Normally first-drop for Worcestershire, the left-hander spent last summer stationed at No8 in Test cricket as his willingness to embrace this team-balancing demotion reaped 293 runs in the series and proved critical to the Ashes being regained.  Here in the United Arab Emirates, despite never opening in first-class cricket before, Moeen has become Cook’s seventh opening partner since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012, allowing Adil Rashid to come in as a second spinner as part of a six-man bowling attack…Moeen has struck up a close bond with fellow spinner Rashid, whose future in the side beyond the current series still feels wedded to his friend’s success as an opening batsman despite five wickets on debut. The pair, both practising Muslims, pray together after each day’s play and visited the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi the night before the first Test.’ click here

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