Moeen Ali Retirement: England all-rounder Moeen Ali took everyone by surprise after he informed on Monday that he is going to announce retirement from Test cricket. The player already informed about his decision to England Captain Joe Root and Head Coach and National Selector Chris Silverwood last week.
The decision to retire from Test cricket has been on his cards since the recently concluded series against India for which he received a call up for the Test at Leeds. He found that he was unable to fully focus on the format and now plans on shifting his concentration entirely on white-ball cricket. He believes that he can flourish a lot more in the shorter format of the game than Test cricket.
“I felt like I was done, to be honest,” he says now. “I was hoping to play the last Test – there were a couple of milestones I wanted to pass – but once that game got called off, I realised that was it.
“Headingley was a great win but I just found I couldn’t concentrate. I’ve played rash shots before and had poor games before. But I just felt like I wasn’t in it. I’ve never felt that before. It’s not that I didn’t want to perform, I just didn’t feel like I was fully wholeheartedly into it.
“You try your best. I just found it really hard to get in the zone bowling, batting and in the field. And the more I tried, I just couldn’t do it. In the past when I came back into the team, it might take a bit of time but then I’m all in. But that series, I just couldn’t do it.
“The atmosphere felt really good. It was really nice to be back in the dressing room. But I just found cricketing-wise it was a bit of a struggle.”
Ali, who is currently engaged in the IPL 2021 representing the Chennai Super Kings, has been an integral part of 64 Test assignments of the England cricket team. However, before the England and Wales Cricket Board received the quarantine details for the Ashes, Ali had made up his mind.
Moeen Ali made his Test debut in 2014 and represented England in 64 Test matches. He bagged 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five Test match centuries during his career.
“I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a bowling point of view, knowing with my best ball I could get anyone out,” said Ali while announcing his retirement from the format.
“I’ve enjoyed Test Cricket but that intensity can be too much sometimes and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and I’m happy and content with how I’ve done.”
Ali thanked his coaches, captains and all of his family for their support during his Test career and said, “I have to thank Peter Moores and Chris Silverwood for being my coaches and Peter for giving me my debut. Cookie and Rooty as the captains who I’ve enjoyed playing under and I hope they are happy with how I played.”
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