Moeen calls time on Test role

27 September 2021 19:12:12 GMTPlus11
Moeen Ali played 64 Test matches for England

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has decided to quit Test cricket claiming he's "done enough of it" and he will focus on the white-ball game instead.

Off-spinner Moeen, who made his Test debut seven years ago, has been included in the squad for the T20 World Cup in the Gulf which starts in just over two weeks, with England 10/3 to win the trophy.

Moeen followed on from Swann

The 34-year-old, currently on IPL debut with Chennai Super Kings, was seen as a replacement for Graeme Swann when he made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's in 2014, though some critics branded him an elegant batsman who could just bowl a bit.

I've enjoyed Test Cricket, but that intensity can be too much sometimes.

Moeen Ali

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He went on to score 2,914 runs, including five centuries, and took 195 wickets, with a best of 6-53 bowling England to a stunning 211-run win over South Africa at Lord's in 2017.

During that year he became the fifth-fastest player in terms of matches played to reach 2,000 runs and 100 wickets,

But his career ended with a disappointing four-ball duck as England subsided to a dismal defeat against India at The Oval earlier this month, and the Worcestershire star said he had decided to quit the five-day game to prolong his career.

Intensity takes its toll

"I'm 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket," he told the ECB website. "Test cricket is amazing, when you're having a good day it's better than any other format by far.

"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."

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