Ahead of England’s upcoming tour of Pakistan, Moeen Ali is set to make his return to Test Cricket. Moeen has stated that he is ‘officially unretired’ from Test Cricket after having a chat with England’s new coach Brendon McCullum.
Ali decided to call time on his international career last year in September. However, after talking to McCullum, it was hard for Moeen Ali not to come out of retirement.
“I spoke to McCullum this morning, and we did discuss Pakistan this winter. The door is always open, and yeah, I suppose I am officially unretired,” Mooen said.
“He is a very difficult person to say no to. I find that very, very hard. He is very convincing and to be honest I would love to play under him and Ben Stokes. They are both very aggressive and I think I would suit their cricket a bit more.
“At the time I said I was retired I felt like I was done. I felt really tired with cricket.”
“When, or if, Baz McCullum wants me, I’ll definitely play in Pakistan,” Moeen had told BBC Test Match Special on Saturday (June 11). “I have played Pakistan Super League out there a few years ago but it’s not the same.
“To travel with an England side there having a family background from that part of the world will be amazing. It would be a historic event because England has not toured there for so many years. I know the support and love you can get out there, they love cricket. It’s really something that’s very appealing for sure.”
In his illustrious career, Moeen Ali has played 64 Tests, scoring 2914 runs at an average of 28.3 overs. He has 195 wickets at an average of 36.7.