England has not made a full tour of Sri Lanka since 2012, and although for many on their team the heat and humidity are a new experience, Moeen Ali has done it all before, twice.
Moeen was part of Of course, the tour of the island by the ODI of 2014 in England, of course, the tour in which was England, not Sri Lanka, who had the crisis of captaincy, and the poor record of one day, and the terrible race that leads to the World Cup the following year. . But even before that, Moeen had had a bite of island conditions. People at the Moors Sports Club in downtown Colombo will tell you that in early 2012, Moeen played three three-day matches for the club. He had also been good enough for them, accumulating 335 runs to an average of 67, in addition to taking the occasional wicket.
Six years later, a much improved Moeen is back in Colombo, and he knows he is one of England's key players on tour. As an all-terrain player, he is also expected to make an impact with the ball. If Friday's practice game is evidence, it seems to be ready for a decent run. Moeen was awarded 3 of 42 with his return shot, before England went on to a 43-race victory for Duckworth-Lewis.
"It's always nice to go through a place where you think you're going to play a great role, that gives you that, a little more," he said. "It's never a guarantee that you're going to go well, I've also had that experience, going to India and stuff, you should stay calm about it, I can not go too far."  All three of his windows were high-profile players. quality. First he played starter Lahiru Thirimanne, who was on the Sri Lanka test team the last time he toured England. Two balls later, he fired the other starter Dimuth Karunaratne, who is the shape hitter on the Test side of Sri Lanka today. Then, later, he took the wicket of Kusal Mendis, who will probably play again in the Tests. "Moeen's bowling helped to restrict Board XI to 287 to 9.
" It's good for my own confidence to get a couple of windows against two of their most international players, "Moeen said of his double attack on the Ninth on the tickets. "It was nice to have them on the Powerplay. These guys are used to these conditions, and they are good players in these conditions. It will not be as easy as people think, but like a roulette you have things in your favor. And that always helps.
"I thought we would play well as a team to keep them down, it was a very good field, it was nice to go out and break that association initially and then get the other guy out, it was good for your confidence."
That Moeen could not hit in the first practice game was partly because Joe Root and Eoin Morgan just did not come out. The two best hitters placed 174 for the third wicket to ensure an important first victory of the tour for England. Moeen said he especially liked the 91 Morgan balls.
intention. It's great to see some of the shots he played today. "
Moeen said there was also a lot of interest in all of England's performance.As the best-ranked ODI side, they wanted to flex their muscles at the island's first outing.  "As the No. 1 side now, you do not want to come here and start with a loss, especially to one side that is not your main side. The philosophy that Trev and Morg have tried to emphasize is that we must win these games quite comfortably. As a side you do not want to stumble. "