Moeen Ali has stressed the importance of Worcestershire's players "staying confident" throughout the ups and downs of LV = County Championship Division One cricket.

Moeen was part of the Worcestershire side which remained in the top flight in 2011 despite losing the first six matches of the campaign.

The county will now be looking to bounce back from their opening brace of defeats against Yorkshire and Sussex when they tackle Somerset at New Road from Sunday (May 3).

There were encouraging signs for Worcestershire in either match for long periods, with first innings leads obtained in both games, before eventually losing by 10 wickets to Yorkshire and 61 runs to Sussex.

Moeen, currently preparing for England's third Test in the West Indies, said: "The last time we came up, we lost the first six matches but were competitive in those games and stayed up.

"I remember we beat Notts, Lancashire, Sussex. I captained in some of those games and it was great to avoid going back down.

"It's going to be tough again this time.

"Division One is tough cricket so we are going to have to be on our game and the guys are going to have to bat well.

"But, even if we lose a couple of games, we've got to stay confident."