Moeen Ali’s last test at home came in England’s first Ashes 2019 match against Australia in August 2019; the off-roader made 49 runs and claimed eight wickets in the second test against India in Chennai in February
Moeen Ali has made a test appearance for England in 23 months (Image Credit – BCCI)
Moeen Ali has been called up by England ahead of Test 2 against India, which starts Thursday at Lord’s – Live on Sky sports.
The all-rounder last played a test for England in February, also against India in Chennai, while this call-up means Moeen could be ready for his first test at home since the ashes of 2019.
Moeen played the first Test against Australia two years ago at Edgbaston before taking a break from all forms of cricket after he was skipped for the second match at Lord’s.
Against India six months ago, Moeen had 49 runs and claimed eight wickets in the second loss of the test, a series that England lost 3-1.
Moeen flew home after the second test, with head coach Chris Silverwood clarifying that England made the decision as part of their rest and rotation policy.
Their return to the fold comes after England chose not to field a spinner in the first round of their home series against India, which ended in a draw at Trent Bridge after the fifth day proved to be a failure.
Moeen was part of England’s setup for the T20 Series against Pakistan in July, scoring 36 runs and claiming two wickets in Game 2 to help them level the series.
More recently, Moeen has gotten off to a good start at The Hundred as captain of the Birmingham Phoenix, who currently top the men’s standings.
Moeen hit a 23-ball half-century on Monday as Phoenix posted a record total of 184 before Imran Tahir recorded the tournament’s first hat-trick to secure a landslide 93-run victory over the Welsh Fire.
Against Fire, Moeen hit five sixes, while earlier in the tournament against Oval Invincibles he broke three straight sixes.
England team for the second test:
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Dom Bess (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley ( Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Watch the first day of the second test between England and India, at Lord’s, live on Sky Sports The Hundred and Sky Sports Main Event starting at 10am. M. From Thursday.