Ground Report | New Delhi: England all-rounder Moeen Ali; England all-rounder Moeen Ali announced on Monday that he was retiring from Test cricket to focus on his white-ball career. The 34-year-old cricketer has scored five centuries and taken 195 wickets in his Test career, including 155 not out and five wickets in five innings.
England all-rounder Moeen Ali
“I want to play as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket,” he said. “I have enjoyed Test cricket but it can be very intense at times. I think I’ve done enough in this (format) and I’m glad I did. ‘
“I will miss playing with the feeling of just hanging out with the boys, playing against the best in the world, but also from a bowling point of view, knowing my best ball I can get anyone out.”
“I’ve enjoyed Test cricket, but the intensity can sometimes be too high and I think I’ve done it enough and I’m happy and satisfied with what I’ve done,” he said.
debut for England in 2014
Moeen Ali made his debut for England in 2014 and scored his first Test century in Headingley against Sri Lanka the same year. He scored 35 runs and took two wickets in his last Test against India earlier this month.
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Moeen Ali thanked his coaches, captains, and everyone in his family for their support during his Test career. He said, “I have to thank Peter Moores and Chris Silverwood for being my coach and Peter for making my debut. I enjoyed having Cookie and Ruthie as captain and I hope they play my way.”
“My parents are my number one, I feel like there was no way I would have made it without their support, every sport I played was for them and I know they are really proud of me.
“My brothers and my sister, in my bad days they have been the first to take me and my wife and kids, my wife’s sacrifice and their patience, I am really grateful for that. They all have been wonderful for my journey. Whatever I did, I did for them.”