Srinagar: England star spin all-roundet Moeen Ali is not thinking too far and is not excited about India tour.
Moeen Ali came out of retirement to be part of ongoing England Ashes 2023 squad.He looks set to be England’s spinner for the last two Ashes Tests as the hosts look to come back from being 1-2 down.
But questions have begun to be asked about whether Moeen will stay on for the crucial tour of India next year, which is England’s next major assignment in the World Test Championship.
Ahead of the Old Trafford Test, the 66-Test veteran was asked whether he has thought about the India tour.
“Not really, to be honest with you. I think for me, it’s about getting through these two games if I play these two games,” said Moeen. “It’s not easy, I find Test cricket really hard. It is the hardest and best format out there, for sure.”
Moeen announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2021 but was called back into the fold by Stokes. It is unclear if he will remain in the picture as a spinner in India, where Jack Leach will likely get the nod, and England might reintroduce exciting young prospect Rehan Ahmed after his debut against Pakistan.
“But I’ve really enjoyed my time since I’ve come back, and it’s been a brilliant environment. I wish it was this 5 years ago.”
Moeen concluded by pointing out that discussions would take place with the new unit of leadership after the series, but he didn’t want the future of his Test career to be a distraction from doing his best in the ongoing series.
“I’m not thinking too far ahead, I’m sure Baz and Stokesy will probably speak to me after the series or after the summer, but for me at the moment it’s just this series. I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no.”