England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday named all-rounder Moeen Ali as the team’s vice-captain for the fourth Test against India.
Moeen, who missed the opening Test in Nottingham, will become the deputy of captain Joe Root for the Oval Test after wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is set to miss the game as he is expecting the birth of his second child.
Moeen Ali to replace Jos Buttler as vice-captain of England cricket team in the fourth Test
Buttler, who is the vice-captain of the England cricket team in all formats, scored 72 runs in five innings but had a good time with the gloves behind the wicket, taking 18 catches in three games.
Moeen also captained the Southern Brave franchise in the inaugural edition of The Hundred before he was called back to the Test side ahead of the Lord’s Test. The all-rounder has scored 48 runs and took four wickets so far in the series.
ECB took to its Twitter handle to confirm the news of Moeen Ali being appointed as the vice-captain of the team for the Oval Test.
Moeen Ali has been named as our vice-captain for the fourth LV= Insurance Test against India. Congrats, Mo! 👏 pic.twitter.com/4eYRn9WXWv
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 1, 2021
England level the series 1-1 at Headingley:
England made a stellar comeback in the series after their emphatic triumph against India at Headingley as they won by an innings and 76 runs to level the series 1-1. The confidence of the English players will be very high after suffering a humiliating defeat at Lord’s on the final day.
The first Test in Nottingham was drawn after rain showers played spoilsport on the final day, when India needed 157 runs to win with nine wickets in their hand.
Joe Root is currently leading the scoring charts with 507 runs while Ollie Robinson is the highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets.