Moeen Ali closes the door on England Test return


Moeen Ali announced his retirement from test cricket way back in September last year. He is then focusing on white-ball games. He is doing well too. But there were news of his comeback in the longest format of the game. England is also going to play test series against Pakistan. But Moeen closed also the possibility by saying he has no chance of a comeback. He closed the door on England’s Test return.

Moeen as a test player

Moeen debuted as a player in test matches in the year of 2014. Last year September, Moeen Ali announced his retirement from the red ball format of the game. He played 64 matches for England Cricket Team. In batting, he bats with a strike rate of 51 and averages 28 in the test format. He scored 5 centuries with 155 being the highest score. He has 195 wickets under his name. In bowling, he bowls with an economy of 3.61.

Moeen Ali upon his comeback in test format

Moeen Ali statement :

” I’ve had an honest chat with Baz (McCullum) and I can’t see myself being stuck in hotels for another month and playing to the best of my ability. Baz phoned me, we spoke at length and I said, ‘Sorry, I’m done’. He understands, he knows the feeling. Test cricket is hard work. I’m 35 and something’s got to give. I want to enjoy my cricket and it wouldn’t be fair to reverse my decision and then struggle to give it my all. It’s time to close the door on that side of my career. To play 64 Tests for England has been a privilege and a dream fulfilled.”

Moeen wants to maintain his fitness and continue to play long in white ball format. He is England’s key player for the upcoming t20 world cup 2022. He even possesses leadership skills as he captained the 7 t20i series against Pakistan where he led the team to victory by 4-3. Moeen won’t be able to do justice to the team if he comeback to test cricket once again. He doesn’t want to struggle in that format and bind himself. He also wants to give chances to future prospects i.e new players.

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