England’s all rounder Moeen Ali hasn’t featured for the side in the longest format of the game since Ashes series last year. Now the 33-year-old is eyeing a comeback in the red-ball format for England after a break of over 1.5 years.
Moeen Ali didn’t have a great outing during Australia’s tour of England in 2019 Ashes series, the reason why he took a break from the Test format. He later stated that he had lost the hunger for playing in the longest format as he cited the reason for his break.
He has featured in the limited-overs matches for England and even played in the Vitality T20 Blast and IPL. Now the all-rounder is desperately looking to return to the Test team for next year’s Ashes Series in Australia.
“I know I haven’t got that long left in international cricket. But I’ll try my best to do as much as I can to get to the level I want to get. I’ve had enough of a break from Test cricket,” Moeen Ali told ESPNCricinfo.
“I think I was hungrier when I was younger. I think everyone is hungrier when they are trying to play Test cricket [for the first time]. I guess a year-and-a-half ago I definitely lost a lot of that hunger. But over the last six months, I feel like it is coming back and I want to play Test cricket and play as much as I can,” he added.
Currently, Moeen Ali is with the England team in South Africa for the white-ball series starting November 27. England is set to play South Africa in three T20Is and as many ODIs in Cape Town and Paarl under bio-secure environment.
England players arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and also started training while serving a 10-day quarantine.