Moeen Ali is all set to take a break from all forms of cricket after being excluded from the squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, starting from August 14. Moeen Ali has been going through a bad phase with the bat as he scored 0, 9, 0 and 4 respectively in the last four Test innings. His bowling performance of 1/42 and 2/130 in Edgbaston where England lost by 251 runs.
“Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect,” Gidman told the club’s official website. “He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes. Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We look forward to when he returns soon.”
However, England captain Joe Root backed Moeen Ali to come back strong.
“As he proved last summer, coming into that India series having a massive influence on it, there’s no reason why he can’t go back and do the same again, and try and force his way back into the squad,” Root said.
“You know, he’s been a big part of English cricket, he’s done some fantastic things in a Test shirt. And it’s certainly not the last we’ll see of him, he’s a fine character, a great man and gives so much to this team. I’m sure that it won’t be long until you see him back involved,” he added.
Moeen Ali was a part of the World Cup team, which England won last month. On the other hand, another spinner, Adil Rashid, is also recovering from a shoulder injury that has ruled out of the whole domestic season.