Doors open for ‘valued’ Moeen Ali for Test Cricket return,says England selector

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Moeen Ali file pic.

Though when around eight months ago after Edgbaston Ashes Test Moeen Ali was kept out of England Test squad it seemed that the talented allrounder may seen end of his multi day cricket format for England.

Fast forward eight months later, England national selector Ed Smith has made it clear that Moeen Ali is very much part of his planning for England at Test level.

Moeen struggled during that game as England slumped to defeat, conceding figures of 2-130 at nearly 4.5 runs per over as Australia built a match-winning lead, but was the world’s leading Test wicket taker in the year preceding that game, and was England’s leading wicket taker in both their previous multi-game Test series, against West Indies and Sri Lanka.

In September, Moeen was only awarded  a white-ball contract by the ECB, having previously held an all-format deal, and he then took break from frist class cricket. It was hoped that Moeen would be available for England’s tour to Sri Lanka, since cancelled due to the novel coronavirus, but instead Ali opted for Pakistan Super League with some fearing his Test days may be over.

Moeen has hinted that he may wish to resume playing in the longest format for England at some point, writing in the Guardian in December.

“The individual case of Moeen is he’s a very valued and respected and talented England player and we would like him to be at his best and available in all formats,” Smith said on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast.