England’s Moeen Ali retires from Test cricket

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the ECB confirmed on Monday (27 September).

New Delhi: England all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced his retirement from Test cricket, the ECB confirmed on Monday (27 September).

The 34-year-old Ali made his Test debut in 2014 and has represented England in 64 Test matches. He took 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five Test match centuries during his career. Discussing his decision, Ali said in an official release: “I am 34 now and want to play as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket. Test cricket is amazing, When you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format so far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earned it.”

He said, “I will miss hanging out with the players, playing against the best players in the world with a nervous spirit, but from the bowling point of view, with my best ball I can get anyone out. I have played Test cricket. Have enjoyed but that intensity can sometimes be too much and I feel like I’ve done it enough and I’m happy and satisfied with what I’ve done.”

Ali hopes his Test career will inspire and open doors for other British Muslims to play for England.

Ali said: “It always takes someone to inspire you or someone to think about what it takes to do what I can and I hope there are some people out there who are thinking like that.” Huh.

“I know he was not English, but someone like Hashim Amla, when I saw him for the first time, I thought if he can do it then I can, it takes a little spark. Will feel good one day in 10 years.’ Time to say Moeen made it easy for me. There have been people before me who have made it easy, so you hope to open the door for someone else,” he said.

Ali thanked his coaches, captains and everyone in his family for their support during his Test career.

Ali said: “I have to thank Peter Moores and Chris Silverwood for being my coach and Peter for making my debut. I have loved having Cookie and Ruthie as captains and I hope they will help me play.” Kind of happy.”

First published:September 27, 2021, 1:14 pm

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