Moeen Ali was recalled to the English squad for the upcoming second Test against India at Lord’s.
The versatile all-rounder has not played at home since the first game of Ashes 2019, which was also the ICC World Cup Championship 2019-21. After completing As, Ali underwent an indefinite break from Test cricket.
Since then, he has played only one Test against India in Chennai, where he was the highest scorer (49) and the highest wicket-taker (8) for England in their 317-run defeat.
On Monday, England’s head coach Chris Silverwood told reporters that Ali would be considered calling back in the absence of their all-rounder Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.
‘Moeen should definitely be considered. He has always been part of our consideration. We know he’s a good cricketer and we know he’s showing good form in the century at the moment, although I appreciate that it’s a different format.
Allrounders like Ben Stokes or Chris Woakes usually give you options. “Unfortunately, we have been pushing through the circumstances lately and we could not do it.” Silverwood said.
The first Test between England and India ends in a draw after the last day at Trent Bridge washed out due to rain. The action is now moving to Lord’s for the second Test of the five-match series, which begins Thursday, August 12th.
England’s team for the second Test against India:
Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope , Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Mark Wood.