Moeen Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket on Wednesday, ending a career that has seen him score over 10,000 runs and take more than 100 wickets.
Moeen Ali has retired from Test cricket. He is England’s second-highest wicket-taker in the format, with a career tally of 834 scalps.
Moeen Ali is England’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket.
Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, has announced his retirement from Test cricket, but will continue to play in limited-overs matches.
Moeen Ali, 34, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2014 and went on to amass 2,914 runs and take 195 wickets in 64 Tests.
In 2019, he won the 50-over World Cup, and he is a member of England’s preliminary team for the T20 World Cup this year.
“I simply want to enjoy my cricket and play for as long as I can,” Moeen remarked.
“I’ve loved Test cricket, but the intensity can be too much at times, and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and am satisfied with my performance.”
When he was performing well, Moeen said that Test cricket was “better than any other format by far” and “more gratifying.”
With a batting average of 28.29 and a bowling average of 36.66 in Tests, the left-handed batsman and off-spinner scored five hundreds and grabbed five five-wicket hauls.
Only 15 English bowlers have taken more Test wickets than Moeen, who is placed third among English spinners after Derek Underwood (297) and Graeme Swann (255).
In 2017, Moeen became the fifth-fastest player to achieve 2,000 runs and 100 wickets in terms of matches played, while also completing a hat-trick against South Africa at The Oval to clinch a series victory.
He was a member of the 2015 Ashes-winning team, although he struggled in the 2017-18 series in Australia and retired from cricket after being dropped for the 2019 Ashes at home.
After catching coronavirus and spending 14 days in isolation, Moeen was not returned to the Test squad until the January tour of Sri Lanka, though he missed both Tests.
He eventually returned in February, taking eight wickets in the second Test in India, before returning home as part of England’s rotation strategy ahead of the last two Tests.
He played in three of England’s four home Tests against India this summer, with the fourth being canceled due to concerns about Covid-19.
Moeen might have been just the 15th player in Test history to score 3,000 runs and capture 200 wickets if the fifth Test had gone ahead.
Following the T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE in October and November, England will play Australia in a five-Test Ashes series beginning on December 8.
There will be “no special arrangements” for families of England cricketers to be permitted to go, according to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and several players are contemplating withdrawing due to the stringent Covid-19 rules.
Moeen, who also has two small children and has played 112 one-day internationals and 38 T20s, thanked his family for their support.
“They’ve all been incredible throughout my journey; everything I’ve done has been for them,” he added.
“On my bad days, my brothers and sister have been the first to lift me up, and my wife and kids, I am very thankful for my wife’s sacrifices and tolerance.”
“My parents are my first priority; I believe I would not have succeeded without their help.”
Former coach Peter Moores, current head coach Chris Silverwood, former captain Sir Alastair Cook, and current skipper Joe Root were also acknowledged by Moeen.
He went on to say that he hopes his Test career would encourage more Muslims in the United Kingdom to play for England.
“I’d want for someone to say 10 years from now, ‘Moeen made life easier for me,’” he added.
“You want to open the door for someone else because there have been people before me who made it simpler.”
He is presently playing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates (IPL).
This summer, he led Birmingham Phoenix in the first men’s Hundred, and he is anticipated to continue playing white-ball cricket for Worcestershire in the domestic league.
Moeen Ali leaves the Ashes hole for England.
Stephan Shemilt is a sports journalist.
Only two spinners have taken more Test wickets for England than Moeen, Derek Underwood and Graeme Swann, but you have to question whether he finishes his career unappreciated.
At his finest, Moeen’s hitting was so graceful that a 28-run average was a small return, and his dissatisfaction with such returns masked his worth with the ball. Perhaps his position as a bowler would never have been questioned if he was a rabbit of a tailender.
England will have a difficult time balancing their Ashes squad without him and perhaps Ben Stokes. How can they maintain their batting order consistent, while still playing enough seamers and a specialist spinner?
Moeen has acknowledged that the rigors of an Ashes tour influenced his choice, with the forthcoming journey certain to be the most difficult since players first traveled to Australia by boat.
Cricket Australia has informed the England and Wales Cricket Board about the terms and limits that would apply to the visitors. Before it is given to the England players at the end of this week, there will be some back and forth between the two boards.
After that, the players will make their own choices on whether or not to participate until a team is announced the week of October 4th. Some will have already left for the Twenty20 World Cup before then.
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