The veteran English all-rounder, Moeen Ali has been one of the go-to options for the England team with his brilliant skills in all three formats of the game. However, he recently decided to retire from the longest format of the game. The development was shocking as it was a surprising call from the all-rounder as he is just 34 at the moment and looked like a huge prospect for the England test team.
Moeen Ali was nearing the 200-wickets mark as he has 194 dismissals to his name. The new head coach of England’s Test team, Brendon Mccullum, has requested the all-rounder to recall the decision to retire. Now, several media reports suggest that Ali is now set to make a return to the test team.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali has come out and has now revealed the possibilities of him playing Test cricket are quite bright. In all fairness, It is understood that Ali is set to return to the national side along with several other white-ball stars including Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid.
During an interaction with the guardian, Moeen Ali revealed his text exchange with the newly appointed English head coach Brendon McCullum. The New Zealander is keen to have Moeen Ali in the test setup.
Moeen Ali revealed, “Baz (McCullum) messaged me asking if I was ‘in’. I have played with him in the Indian Premier League and really enjoyed the way he works. We spoke and he mentioned potentially, in the future, if there is a tour – or whenever, really – would I be available? I said ‘call me at the time’. We’ll see.”
He further added, “The door is open. But I don’t want to disrespect Jack Leach [the incumbent spinner in the Test team]. It’s a difficult job – especially in England – and I know that. I back him, I’m right behind him. I don’t want to put any pressure there, he’s a fantastic bowler.”