The Hundred: Moeen Ali to captain Birmingham Phoenix

Birmingham Phoenix have announced England World Cup winner Moeen Ali will be their men’s captain for the first season of The Hundred.

The 32-year-old all-rounder, who grew up a short distance from the Phoenix’s home ground of Edgbaston, will lead fellow World Cup-winning Birmingham local, Chris Woakes, as well as upcoming England bowler Pat Brown and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson this summer.

“Every time I come to Edgbaston it takes me back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age,” said Moeen.

“I grew up in this area and to be the first-ever men’s captain of Birmingham Phoenix in a new and inclusive competition that will reach out to communities and welcome them is very special for me.”

Moeen has an excellent record as a captain having led Worcestershire Rapids to the past two Vitality Blast finals at Edgbaston, including victory in 2018.

Moeen added: “Worcestershire is where I have developed as a player and as a leader and captaining them in high-profile games like at Finals Day will shape the way I will lead the Birmingham Phoenix.

“It will also help that I’ve got my Rapids team-mate Pat Brown too because he is one of the best young white-ball bowlers in the country and when you add players like Chris Woakes, we have a strong local flavour that I’m sure can bring home the title.”

Andrew McDonald, Birmingham Phoenix men’s head coach, said: “Moeen is a fantastic all-rounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team.

“He started his cricket journey here at Edgbaston from a young age so it feels fitting that he will captain the men’s Birmingham Phoenix team.

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