In a surprising turn of events, Moeen Ali, the talented English all-rounder, has been approached by English Cricket Board (ECB) to come out of retirement and replace injured Jack Leach for the upcoming Ashes series in 2023. Ali had announced his retirement from Test Cricket in September 2021 after the Oval Test against India, but it seems his cricket journey might not be over just yet.
Moeen Ali revealed to ESPNcricinfo that the ECB has contacted him to come out of his retirement, although there are no updates on whether he accepted the offer or not.
Stuart Broad on The Possibility of Moeen’s Return to Test Arena
The possibility of Moeen Ali returning to the Test arena has garnered attention from fans, media, and notable figures in the cricketing world. Stuart Broad, one of the most successful Test bowlers ever, expressed his admiration for Moeen Ali’s abilities and his potential to fit into the team’s current Bazball philosophy. Speaking to Sky Sports, Broad said, “We know Moeen is a phenomenal cricketer and someone who would fit into Stokes and Baz’s philosophy beautifully. I don’t know if the selectors are considering him or if he would consider red-ball cricket again. But he’s a mighty fine cricketer.”
Moeen Ali Turned Down The Similar Offer During England’s Tour of Pakistan
It is worth mentioning that Moeen Ali had turned down a similar offer from Brendon McCullum, the head coach of England’s red ball team, for the tour against Pakistan last December. At the time, Ali seemed content with his decision to retire from Test cricket, focusing instead on his white-ball career and spending more time with his family. However, the lure of playing in an iconic series like the Ashes might be too enticing for the experienced all-rounder to resist.
While Moeen Ali’s potential return has generated considerable excitement, it is essential to acknowledge that there are other viable options to fill the void by Jack Leach. Players such as Liam Dawson, Will Jacks, and Liam Livingstone have also showcased their skills and potential. The selectors will undoubtedly have a challenging decision to determine the best replacement for Leach.
Only time will tell whether Moeen Ali decides to make a comeback and don the whites once again. Regardless of the outcome, his achievements in international cricket and contributions to the game will be remembered and celebrated by fans and fellow cricketers alike.