England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali is likely to announce his retirement from Test cricket.
Ali, 34, a 64-Test veteran, has concluded that he no longer has the desire to play the longest format. It is understood that he is concerned about the idea of spending a significant amount of time away from home in the coming months as a member of both the T20 World Cup and Ashes squads.
He is currently in the UAE, playing in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, but is said to have told England head coach Chris Silverwood and Test captain Joe Root in recent days.
In the absence of Jos Buttler, Moeen stood in as England’s vice-captain in his farewell Test against India at the Kia Oval. The Birmingham-born cricketer has 2914 runs at an average of 28.9 and 195 Test wickets to his name. If he chooses to participate in the Ashes, he will have the best opportunity of equaling his previous bests of 3000 Test runs and 200 wickets.
In Test cricket, Moeen has five hundreds and 14 half-centuries to his credit, as well as five five-wicket hauls over his illustrious career.
The debate over whether England coaxed the best performance from him will continue. To accommodate the demands of more valuable players, he was certainly asked to fulfil multiple roles – he batted anywhere from No. 1 to No. 9 And, while he had some memorable lower-order innings, batting with the tail changed his mindset. He became more of a cameo player than the major innings player he aspired to be as a kid.
Nobody else in England’s top 25 wicket-takers has a higher average than Moeen Ali’s 36.66. Many may question the timing of his decision or his potential, and some may even criticise him for choosing franchise cricket over Test cricket. Moeen, who is now playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021 in the UAE, would only respond to those questions that will have a long-term impact on his career.
Moeen will continue to play county cricket, but it is unclear whether he will continue to play first-class cricket.