Moeen Ali, an all-rounder who is 35 years old, has been called back into the England side for the first two Ashes Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s. Moeen was forced back into the lineup after talks with the captain Ben Stokes, head coach Brendon McCullum, and managing director of England Men’s Cricket Rob Key. Moeen had decided to retire from England Test cricket at the end of the 2021 season.
Ali Replaced Injured Leach for the Ashes
Following the first-choice spinner Jack Leach‘s back injury, who was ruled out of the important five-match series earlier in the week, the decision to restore Moeen was made. At his home stadium in Birmingham, which is slated to host the first Test of the series starting on June 16, Moeen will be the favourite to add to his 64 Test appearances.
Moeen Ali’s U- Turn From the Retirement
Key stated in a statement on the ECB website that “we reached out to Mo (Moeen Ali) early this week about returning to Test cricket.” “Mo is eager to join the team and play Test cricket once more after having a couple of days to think things over. His extensive knowledge and all-around talent will help our Ashes campaign. We send Mo and the team our best wishes for the Ashes series.
The England team will arrive in Birmingham on June 12 and start getting ready for the first Ashes match the following day.
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