Former English batsman Ian Bell believes the brainstorming led by Joe Root-Chris Silverwood did the right thing by recalling the all-rounder of spin-bowling Moeen Ali before the second Test against India.
Moeen Ali last played Test cricket for England in Chennai against India earlier this year, where he scored eight wickets.
The versatile versatile player has not played a home Test since Ashes 2019 and he was not part of the original team selected for the first two Tests.
Because Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes were unavailable for various reasons, England have so far struggled to balance their game XI in the home summer.
England’s best spinner of the winter, Jack Leach, has so far not been able to get a game in the home summer, as the absence of a versatile player could not balance the XI in the game.
Bell, during a video on ESPNcricinfo ‘, emphasized the same and added that although it is difficult for Leach and Dom Bess, England made the right call by recalling Moeen Ali as he is the only one who can balance the team in the absence of Stokes and Woakes.
“We played against New Zealand at the beginning of the year, we did not play a spinner in both games, not even in Edgbaston,” said Ian Bell.
‘Because Ben Stokes is rested for the New Zealand series and of course not available for this series, there is a lot of talk about balancing the team; if you need a versatile player who technically balances your team, there is only Moeen Ali. So this is the right call. “It is difficult for Jack Leach and Dom Bess who are already in the team, so they already have two spinners and they bring in another one,” he added.
Moeen Ali likes to bowl against the Indian batsmen in Test cricket, especially on home soil.
In 7 Tests, Ali claimed 31 wickets against India at an average of 22.22.