Moeen Ali takes a break from Test cricket
English all-rounder Moeen Ali missed the central contract for test cricket as he takes a break from the game’s longest format, said on Friday by Ashley Giles, managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“He wants a little break from test cricket. I think for all the boys, not just talking about Moeen, it’s been a challenging summer,” Giles told the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The 32-year-old played excellent cricket in the summer as he was part of the ICC World Cup-winning team and after that, performed a one-off test against Ireland. He also appeared in the first Ashes Test against Australia.
“A World Cup and a back-to-back Ash have had a massive effect on many of these boys, both psychologically and physically. Some of those guys still wear that. His experience at the first Test was not excellent. However, that’s cricket,” he added.
Ali will remain available for the selection of the limited limit format, as it was awarded the ODI/T20I central contract.
“It’s been a great servant for the team, and that’s why I decided it to leave that option open for me to come back. You may need that time and cool down, but it’s been an outstanding server for this team, and it’s relatively young,” Giles said.