Moin Ali retires from Test cricket


England all-rounder Moin Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket on Monday.

Discussing his decision, Moin said: “I am now 34, I want to play as much as I can and I want to enjoy my cricket. Test cricket is amazing, when you have a good day, it is better than any other format, it is very rewarding and you feel like you have really earned it.

“I miss going out with the boys and watching them play with the best players in the world with that sense of nerves, but in a great innings I can get anyone out. I enjoyed Test cricket, but that intensity can sometimes be high, I feel like I did it enough, in how I did it I am glad.

Moin had already announced his decision to captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood.

The 34-year-old has scored 2,914 runs in 64 Tests at an average of 28.29 with 5 centuries and has taken 195 wickets in his off-spin bowling at an average of 36.66.

Ali hopes his Test career will inspire other British Muslims to play in England and open the door. Ali added: You always need someone to motivate you or make you think if someone can do it for you. I knew he was not English, but he was like Hashim Amla, and when I first saw him I thought I could do it if he could do it, it would take that little spark. I would like to say that one day in 8-10 years Moin was easy for me. There were easy people in front of me, so I hope you open the door for someone else.

Moin, who has not played much Test cricket since the 2019 Ashes, was recently recalled for his own series against India.

He is currently in the United Arab Emirates, playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Moin will continue to play white ball cricket for England, county cricket for Worcestershire and 20 matches in the domestic Twenty20.

He is part of England’s plans for the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

When the fifth Test against India was canceled due to the threat of the Coyote-19, Moin was on the verge of becoming the 15th player in Test history to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets.

With PDI inputs

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