Moeen Ali to captain Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred final ahead of the 3rd Test against India

Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, is poised to play in The Hundred final for Birmingham Phoenix. He has been included to England’s squad for the third Test against India, and will join the team on Sunday (August 22) following the final on Saturday. Craig Overton, who has sat on the bench in the Test series so far but has a chance to play at Headingley, will also play for Southern Brave in the Eliminator and, if qualifying, in the final.

Before being recalled for England, Ali scored 189 runs and took four wickets for Birmingham Phoenix in the first six games of The Hundred. He praised the efforts of Liam Livingstone, who led Phoenix in his absence. Phoenix trounced Northern Superchargers on Tuesday, and Livingstone smashed the quickest fifty of the Hundred yet, off 20 balls, as a stand-in captain. His 92 not out, which he shared with Jemimah Rodrigues in the Superchargers Women’s first game, was the highest score in the tournament, and his 10 sixes were the most in an individual innings. Last Friday, Livingstone led his team to victory over Trent Rockets with a 31-ball fifty.

Finn Allen and Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand are unavailable for their respective teams because they are on national service in Bangladesh. The Phoenix have called up David Bedingham to take his position, while the Southern Brave have added Tim David ahead of their August 20 eliminator against the Trent Rockets. Craig Overton’s presence must have bolstered the Brave’s chances in the knockout round.