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Moeen Ali really isnt the sort to roar for his inclusion in a team or storm into the coachs room demanding explanations. Steve Bartkowski Jersey .When asked earlier in the tour whether it was an arm ball that had earned a wicket, he answered, Nah, just one that didnt spin. When he found himself praising the number of maidens he had bowled, he added I dont do that very often.When asked to describe his dismissals in Mohali he uses the word crap and when asked whether he and Adil Rashid can replicate the success of Englands spinners in 2012 (when Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar took 19 wickets between them) he responds by laughing out loud. Indeed, when asked whether Rashids improved performance with the ball could put his own position under pressure, he agreed: Its just a matter of time.He is as modest and unassuming as international sportsmen come. He will never have a nickname like The Big Show (even if he does have more international centuries than Glenn Maxwell).So perhaps it is relevant that, very gently, very politely, even a little bit apologetically, he has suggested he might like to have a settled batting position.Moeen has batted everywhere from No. 1 to No. 9 in the Test team. He has opened the batting and the bowling. He has been pushed down the order to accommodate others and then promoted to cover for their failures. He has been asked to thrash for quick runs, block for draws, see off the new ball and shepherd the tail. His versatility is, no doubt, his greatest asset, but it might also be a bit of a curse. It is hardly a surprise that he has looked confused at times.Close in the future, he said, reiterating the point that he is not demanding anything, just expressing an aspiration, Id like to have a position I can try to nail down.Almost immediately, he corrects himself.Obviously, I dont mind. I just get on with it. Whatever they tell me.But then the elaboration hints at his frustration a little more.I was down to bat five from Bangladesh onwards, he said. But form or balance of the side meant I was pushed up to four and then three in the last innings. I dont have a clue where Im batting here yet. Ill probably find out tomorrow.Perhaps the most revealing aspect of the conversation occurs when he is asked if his modesty, his humility, his niceness counts against him at times. He smiles.Probably, yes, he said. Ive been told sometimes thats not a good thing. Once my dad pulled me out of a club game when I was told I was batting seven. He said No, youre not, youre not batting seven.I was about 13 and I made the first team, and they told me I was batting seven. He said, No, youre not playing ... lets go. But since then Ive just got on with it.While the floating role is a frustration, Moeen enjoys the approach of this England side. He appreciates the encouragement to attack and the lack of consequences when it backfires. He enjoyed the opportunity for a few days away from the tour, too - something that would have been unthinkable a few years ago - and admits he never thought about cricket once over three days chilling out in Dubai.He certainly hasnt been beating himself up for the way he was dismissed in Mohali (caught at fine leg and mid-on). He doesnt feel he has to be less attacking, he just has to attack better.I naturally play in quite a positive way anyway, he said. I just need to try to go back to how I batted in the first Test and try to replicate that. Sometimes it can go a bit too positive. We want to be positive, but in the right manner.I felt all right in Mohali. I know it was a crap way to get out, but it was just the execution in both innings. Im not too down about it. In the second innings, I was going to go over the top. I just wanted to send one of the guys back on to the boundary, but I didnt execute it well.His praise for Rashid is as warm as it genuine. Recognising both the contribution of Englands spin consultant, Saqlain Mushtaq, and the benefits of playing more regularly, Moeen even started to make a case for Rashids inclusion ahead of his own.Hes a quality spinner, Moeen said. Hes obviously bowling really well, and Im really happy for him. He deserves it and I think his confidence is going to grow, the more he plays.Saqlain has been brilliant for both of us - the confidence he gives us both - and Adils confidence has definitely grown as a bowler.The three back-to-back games were good for him, because hes got into a rhythm, and now he just comes out, doesnt think about it too much and lands it on a spot pretty much straightaway.Theyve played him quite well, but hes picking up wickets. Hes bowling really, really well. Is he snapping at my heels? Yes. Its just a matter of time, really.For most cricketers such a situation might create some unease. But Moeen, speaking after meeting a group of young female athletes from under-privileged families in his role as an ambassador for the British Asian Trust, has a refreshing sense of perspective over such matters.Pressure to me is people who cant afford food or who are struggling to live, he says. This is just a game of cricket. Ill give it my best shot. But if I dont play well, I dont play well. Theres no point not sleeping at night over it.These under-privileged people... it puts everything in perspective, doesnt it? This is just a game of cricket. You give your best, but thats all you can do. Pressure is to survive in certain areas. Theres more to life than bat and ball. Deion Sanders Youth Jersey . -- Brandon Jennings made the most of his first game with the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. 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Eli Manning and the Giants have turned a losing record into a winning one on the back of victories against the Eagles, the Rams and the Ravens - the win against Philadelphia last week came after a bye week too so they have their batteries recharged for a play-off push.The Bengals are returning to action after their own bye week which followed a thrilling 27-27 draw at Wembley against the Redskins, but otherwise Cincinnati have just one win from their last four matches. 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