Moeen Ali to take a “short break” from cricket after being dropped by England for second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s. Ashes Test starting from August 14 will see Jack Leach playing in place of Moeen Ali against the mighty Aussies leading with 1-0.
Moeen taking break
After being part of England’s World Cup-winning squad, Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen struggled to perform well in Tests against Ireland and Australia. He could only manage to score 13 runs and took four wickets at a cost of 186 runs in four innings. The hero against Ireland Leach was called up to replace Moeen in the second Ashes Test. It was expected that he would feature in Worcestershire for the upcoming Vitality Blast matches but he has decided to take a break from cricket. In fact, the news was released by Worcestershire. The veteran has played 60 Tests, 101 one-day internationals and 25 T20 games so far for England since his debut.
Worcestershire supports the star member
Alex Gidman, the Worcestershire coach said, “Being part of a World Cup-winning squad in England – no one else has achieved that, then, unfortunately, he was left out of the Test squad. Mo has been in and out of that team and no-one else knows what that feels like.” Giman speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester said that the team would be always ready to embrace Moeen Ali. It is up to him when he wants to come back and play again. He further added that the club will support him so that “he can push as hard as he can to get his England spot back.”
Gidman informed that Ali is busy in some quality practice time and recharging himself staying away from the mainstream cricket for a while. According to him, Worcestershire will wait for Moeen and leave it up to his wish. “Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us.”
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