Cape Town - Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has relished all-rounder
Moeen Ali's return to the England Test XI.
Ali was not selected for the first three Tests of the
ongoing series against India, but was recalled for the fourth.
He struck a valuable 40 in the first innings and clinched
nine wickets overall, as the hosts won at the Rose Bowl to take an unassailable
three-one lead in the five-match series.
"We obviously wrapped up a series win in Southampton
with Moeen playing brilliantly after coming back into the team, with nine
wickets and some important runs," Buttler wrote in a SkySports blog.
"He is great fun to play with as he is an immensely
talented cricketer - Joe Root said Moeen had bowled the best he has ever bowled
for England, which shows the hard work he put in during his break out of the
The spinning all-rounder effectively earned a recall on the
back of a fine stretch of form for Worcestershire in the County Championship,
including a superb double-century against Yorkshire - and a telling performance
with the ball against Somerset.
"He has been in immense form for Worcester and carried
that into a Test match. I know he told Michael Atherton at the presentation
that his time away had made him more determined to get back and that his break
had been a good thing," added Buttler.
"The bubble of international cricket is pretty
relentless at times and when you do miss out, whether that's due to being
dropped or rested, you do get a chance to breathe again and put cricket into
perspective. It energises you and really whets your appetite to get back in and
impress. I think we definitely saw that from Moeen last week."
The fifth Test will start at The Oval in London on Friday.