England star Moeen Ali announces retirement from Test cricket
England cricket star Moeen Ali has confirmed his immediate retirement from Test cricket, after reportedly informing England captain and head coach Joe Root and Chris Silverwood last week.
Ali made 64 Test match appearances for his nation, picking up 195 wickets with the ball and and 2914 runs with the bat during that time after making his debut back in 2014 against Sri Lanka.
The 34-year-old came agonisingly close to joining an elite group of English Test cricketers to score 3000 runs and take 200 wickets, however the cancellation of the fifth test at Old Trafford against Virat Kohli's India this summer put a stop to that possibility.
Ali said: "I’m 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket.
“Test cricket is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format by far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earned it.
“I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a bowling point of view, knowing with my best ball I could get anyone out.
“I’ve enjoyed Test cricket but that intensity can be too much sometimes and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and I’m happy and content with how I’ve done.”
The right-arm off spinner has been debating calling time on his England Test career throughout the summer, and his decision already made ahead of the release of the extensive quarantine regulations being outlined for players heading to Australia for this year’s Ashes.
The 34-year-old will now look to concentrate on his white ball cricket, which he has had major success with throughout his career at an international level, for his county Worcestershire, and in the IPL.
Ali has made the trip to take part in the flagship T20 tournament that is known for attracting some of the biggest names in world cricket, as he represents Chennai Super Kings for the 2021 edition, after being bought in the tournament auction for £700,000.
The Englishman’s 64th, and final Test appearance for his nation came last, as captain Root brought Ali back into the mix for the second match of the series against India, before making him vice captain for the fourth test at Headingley after absence of usual right-hand man Ben Stokes.
Ali seemed honoured to take on the ball, despite doubting his red ball career as he commented earlier this summer: “To captain or vice-captain England in any form of the game is a huge honour, and I'm very excited.
“Obviously, I'm not hoping for Joe to go off the field, but if he does go off, I'm looking forward to the role. I feel like I can bring some ideas to the role. If there's anything he [Root] is unsure of, I feel like I can just throw ideas at him.”
In spite of the vice-captaincy honour it wasn’t enough to prolong the Test career of the off spinner whose international concentration will now turn to the World T20 World Cup in the UAE next month.
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