The popular all-rounder player of England National Squad Moeen Ali has decided to take an indefinite break from Test cricket format. The 32-year-old experienced cricketer has announced to take a short break from red-ball cricket just to prolong his white-ball cricket career. Ali feels that he is still a key figure in both the One Day International and T20 International formats for England. This is the reason why he retained his white-ball contract with England cricket board.
Moeen Ali’s departure from the England Test squad automatically means that he will not be the part of England’s next cricketing tour against Black Caps. Though it is very disappointing for the player to miss out the central contract in Test matches but he believes that everything will be alright after this short break.
The brilliant all-rounder cricketer expressed his feelings after taking a break from Test matches, “I do feel I need a break from the longer format but not a massive one. We will see what happens after the New Zealand series. This could be just what I need. It’s disappointing to miss out on a central contract but I’m also pretty chilled about it.”
Ali was last seen in action in recently concluded Ashes Test series 2019 where hosting team England played five-match Test series against Australia from August 1st till September 15th. Ali had played the opening Ashes encounter for his team last month but unfortunately, failed to match the expectations of the England team selectors. He managed to earn only 1/42 and 2/130 with the ball in 2019 Ashes’ opener while in the batting part he scored only four runs with a duck in first innings. This lame performance of Moeen Ali resulted in his replacement from England’s 15-man squad in second Ashes Test. The selectors have included experienced left-arm spinner Jack Leach in the team as a replacement of Moeen Ali.
England’s star cricketer had a difficult summer this year as at first he was dropped down from ODI squad and then replaced from Ashes Test squad after making two appearances in the series.