The England all-rounder, Moeen Ali is all set to take an indefinite break from red-ball cricket. Thus, he will not be available for taking part in England’s upcoming test cricket tour of New Zealand.
Moeen lost his place after first Ashes test at Edgbaston. Also in ODIs, Liam Plunkett was prioritised in place of him. It would have been difficult 2019 summer for him. Moeen’s will is not to take retirement from red-ball cricket but, he only wants an indefinite break.
The managing director of the ECB, Ashley Giles has said that,
“Although Moeen will take a break from the game, he has not retired from Test cricket. “He just wants a little bit of a break from Test cricket,”
He further added,
“I think for all the guys, not just talking about Moeen, it’s been a really challenging summer. A World Cup and an Ashes back-to-back has had a massive effect on many of these guys, psychologically as much as physically. Some of those guys are still carrying that. His experience in the first Test wasn’t a great one but that’s cricket.”
Moeen Ali has retained his contract for shorter format cricket because, he thinks that he is a main key player from England’s side.
Giles on this decision of Moeen said,
“He’s been a great servant to this team and that’s why I encouraged him to leave that option open for him to come back. He might just need that time away and freshen up but he’s been a really good servant to this team and he’s relatively young.”