Moeen Ali Considering Test Retirement
Moeen Ali has made himself unavailable for Test cricket for the foreseeable future after considering retiring from the longest form of the game.
In what should be seen as a huge blow for Joe Root's side, Moeen has told managing director Ashley Giles that he doesn't wish to be considered for selection in the red ball team after a bruising summer that saw him dropped after the first Ashes Test.
The Worcestershire all rounder is currently behind Jack Leach in the pecking order for the Test side but has been awarded a white ball only contract based on his value to those teams under Eoin Morgan who has confirmed he will be staying on to lead the team into the T20 World Cup next year.
Retirement from Test cricket was a serious option though for a man who, despite being the fourth highest English wicket-taking spinner, has been struggling with the format.
Moeen said: “It’s just to get away from it a little bit. I feel like I want to enjoy my batting and this will give me a bit of a break.
“I want to spend some time with the family. I’ve been playing for England for five years and it’s been quite tough.
“The intensity is obviously higher in Test cricket so this is just to give me a break and then we will see what happens after that.
“I’m not ruling out playing Test cricket in the future. I’ve had long chats and thought about it quite a lot. I just want to give myself a bit of time to refresh my batteries and see where it goes after that.”