Moeen Ali to retire from Test cricket ahead of The Ashes to prolong his white-ball career

Moeen Ali to retire from Test cricket ahead of The Ashes to prolong his white-ball career

Moeen Ali has also informed England Head Coach Chris Silverwood as well as Test skipper Joe Root about his decision to walk away from the longest format of the game.

Moeen Ali of England
Moeen Ali of England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

News has come in that England cricketer Moeen Ali has decided to pull down the curtains on his Test match career before the hugely anticipated Ashes series that will be played between Australia and England at the end of the year.

A report in ESPNCricinfo has also stated that the England cricketer took this decision mainly because of the amount of time he will be away from home, with the T20 World Cup as well as The Ashes lined up for the England side this year.

Ali has also informed England Head Coach Chris Silverwood as well as Test skipper Joe Root about his decision to walk away from the longest format of the game. The 34-year-old arrived at this decision so that he can prolong his limited-overs career.

Moeen Ali is currently taking part in the 14th edition of the IPL

Moeen Ali is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), plying his trade in the 14th edition of the IPL. He has played 9 matches for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side in IPL 2021 and has scored 261 runs at an average of close to 30. He has also scalped 5 wickets with the ball as well.

Moeen Ali has featured in 64 matches in the whites for England. The left-hander has scored close to 3000 (2914) runs in Test cricket, at an average of close to 30. He has also amassed 5 hundreds and 14 fifties with the willow in the whites as well.

With the red cherry in hand, Ali has scalped 195 wickets at an average of 36.66, including 5 five-wicket hauls as well as a 10-wicket haul. Apart from that, Ali has also played 112 ODIs and 38 T20Is for the England cricket team.

While he has scored 1877 runs in ODIs, he has plundered 437 runs in T20I cricket. With the ball, the right arm spinner has picked up 87 wickets in the ODI format of the game, while he has prized out 21 willow wielders in T20I cricket.