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21 Questions: Moeen Ali

by Wisden Staff

England’s anti-wind-breaking allrounder Moeen Ali answers AOC’s 21 questions.

Describe yourself in one word.

What words or phrases do you most overuse?
Um… ‘See how it goes’

What is your most marked characteristic?
It’s got to be my beard, hasn’t it?

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I’d want to be a left-arm spinner rather than a right-arm spinner

What is your idea of happiness?
Just being content

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Muhammad Ali, for everything he went through and the way he carried himself

What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
Batman, it’s quite cool isn’t it?

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Probably the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
What goes around comes around

If you were an animal, what would you be?
You see, I’ve thought about this. I’d wanna be a lion but if I could be two I’d be a lion and an eagle. You’ve got to have a bit of lion in you but imagine being half eagle, half lion!

What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
My little boy when he was born

What becomes of the broken hearted?
They’re just broken hearted

What’s wrong with the world?
Too much killing

In which era would you most like to have lived?
Tough one. This era, I’m happy with it

What’s your favourite joke?
I don’t have one, to be honest. My oldest joke is: ‘What do you call a deer with no eyes?’ ‘No idea’. I know, it’s terrible, isn’t it?

Who would you like to play you in a film of your life?
I don’t know many actors. I know Johnny Depp’s a bit weird; he does weird films doesn’t he? We’ll let him do it but I think he’d struggle to bat left-handed

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
I’m going for Hulk because he gets angry and he can be someone else. He doesn’t die, does he?

What is your ultimate pet hate?
Farting in the car. When people fart in the car it’s terrible. Chris Jordan is ridiculous

What if God was one of us?
It could never happen

What song would you have playing when walking out to bat?
There’s quite a few actually. I get a lift with Chris Jordan every morning and his reggae music is quite cool, so one of those ones

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