England have shown immense progress in one-day cricket since the 2015 World Cup (Picture: Getty)
Moeen Ali believes ‘world-class’ players Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler can inspire England to Champions Trophy glory.
England continue their build-up to the tournament with a three-match series against South Africa next week.
The squad recently returned from a training camp in Spain and are one of the favourites to win the competition, despite threats from Australia, South Africa and India.
All-rounder Moeen insists England can win their maiden 50-over global title and says the team spirit in the dressing room will play a part.
‘We have an exciting few weeks ahead with three ODIs against South Africa which will be a great series,’ Moeen told ECB.co.uk.
All-rounder Moeen Ali expects big things from the hosts (Picture: Getty)
‘They are the number one side in the world so we know it will be tough but those three games will show where we are as a team.
‘Then it’s the Champions Trophy, which we think we can win.
‘There has been a massive change in our one-day cricket in the last two years and this tournament has come at the right time. We are really enjoying playing 50-over cricket at the moment.’
Moeen, 29, added: ‘What gives us the best chance of winning is our team spirit.
‘The whole team is really close, everyone gets on and there is loads of banter flying around.
Eoin Morgan’s side take on South Africa in a three-match series next week (Picture: Getty)
‘It also helps that we have world-class players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler – players who can break records and take our cricket to another level.
‘But I think Jason Roy, Sam Billings and Adil Rashid can also show this tournament what they can do. I think they can be up there with the best players in the world.’
England received criticism from former player Kevin Pietersen after Stokes, Buttler and Chris Woakes were pulled from the Indian Premier League to join the training camp in Spain.
Ben Stokes was recalled from the IPL for a training camp in Spain (Picture: Getty)
But Moeen says the time away was ‘worthwhile’, with an emphasis put on the team’s fielding and general fitness.
‘It was a really tiring few days but extremely worthwhile,’ he added.
‘We did everything we wanted to do – lots of fitness and fielding work but also spending time together. Everyone loved it.
Trevor Bayliss and his England side returned from Spain this week (Picture: Getty)
‘I went on a similar camp before the Ashes two years ago and I really felt the benefits then. This was the same.
‘It was great to get away from everything and not have any distractions.’