India vs England 2021: England Coach Hopeful Of All-Rounder Moeen Ali's Return Before First Test

India vs England 2021: England Coach Hopeful Of All-Rounder Moeen Ali’s Return Before First Test

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Moeen Ali. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England Coach Chris Silverwood is confident about all-rounder Moeen Ali getting fit to play the first Test against India at Chennai after missing out on Sri Lanka series. Moeen Ali is an excellent all-rounder as he can bowl handy off-spinners and he is more than a useful batsman. Though he hasn’t been the first choice all-rounder for England in recent times, he is still in line to be picked up especially after his good numbers against India.

Moeen Ali missed out on the Sri Lanka series due after testing positive for the new Corona Virus variant. His mild symptoms had forced him out of the playing XI for the two tests and now he will be eager to get back fit for the series against India. With the all-rounder spot having touch competitions between Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, and Dominic Bess, Moeen has to make sure that he makes use of the opportunity whenever he gets.

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India’s wobble against Moeen Ali  [Credit: Getty Images]

Moeen Could Play A Big Part In India Series

Moeen Ali who had a good series against India when he came to India last time, will be fighting for his spot against the likes of Dominic Bess who is coming off a great series against Sri Lanka. Moeen scored 381 runs at an average of 42.33 when he was in India last time, and he also picked up ten wickets. With Sam Curran rested for the first two tests, Moeen could start as the all-rounder in the place of Curran.

“Moeen should be available for the first Test, too. He’s been through everything he needs to go through and is progressing nicely,” Silverwood said speaking to ESPN Cricinfo in Galle. Silverwood’s update would be bringing a smile on the England fans as they would be hoping that Moeen Ali is ready for the first test.

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Moeen Ali (Credits: Twitter)

Ollie Pope Set To Return

Ollie Pope who was suffering from a shoulder injury after the practice games against England did not take part in the series against Sri Lanka and he wasn’t picked for the first two tests against India as well. But Ollie Pope could return to the squad if he proves his fitness in time, and could be in contention for the batting slot with Johny Bairstow not available.

“I’m hoping Ollie will be able to throw his hat in the ring for that first Test. The sooner we can get him back the better it is for us,” Silverwood added.

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Ollie Pope [Photo-Twitter]
The first Test between India and England starts on February 5 in Chennai and this will be the first home Test for India after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.