England spin-bowling all-rounder, Moeen Ali has expressed his desire to make a return in the longest format of the game for the national side. He last played a Test match in the home Ashes in 2019 at Edgbaston. Ali had scores of 0 and four and a combined bowling figure of 3/172.
Ali was dropped from the team and didn’t play any of the four Tests in that series. Subsequently, he was omitted from squads against South Africa, West Indies, and Pakistan. Ali has had a torrid time with the bat since 2018. He averages 19 and 10 in the last couple of years. Jack Leach and Dom Bess have been the preferred spinners over Ali for the three lions.
I feel like over the last six months the hunger is coming back: Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali, in a recent interview, said that he lost the fire to play Test cricket about a year and a half ago. However, the left-handed batsman feels that there is a burning flame for the last few months.
Ali said that he has been thinking about his game, and confirmed that he hasn’t retired from Test cricket, instead he took a much-needed break from the longer format. England will tour India and later host the same opposition for a long Test series next year, and travel to Australia for a riveting Ashes.
As quoted by the news agency, Reuters, Moeen Ali said, “A year-and-a-half ago I lost that hunger to play test cricket, but I feel like over the last six months it is coming back.
“I have been thinking a lot about my game and if the call did come, I would be keen on it. I have not retired or anything, but probably have just taken a step back from the test game.”
Talking about his previous tour to Australia in 2017-18, Ali said that he was in form going into the Ashes. However, the 33-year-old admitted that he didn’t do as much preparation as he should have. In five matches, Ali picked just five wickets at an average of 115 and averaged 19 with the bat.
The off-spinner is a core member of England’s white-ball team which won the World Cup last year. He is currently in South Africa with the team for six limited-overs matches which commence on 27th November. Ali said that it is an opportunity to be part of one of the greatest sides ever. He is just focused on playing as much cricket as he can and giving his best every single time.
“I went there on the back of being in some of my best form for England,” he said. “I was confident, but I probably didn’t do as much planning as I should have and could have.
“There is an opportunity to be one of the greatest sides ever and to be part of that is something I would like to do. I must just play as much cricket as I can and play as best as I can,” Moeen Ali added.