Author: Abhishek Rajan
Moeen Ali feels he was a soft target for the fans to blame after England’s poor performances in Test matches and it’s something which “got to him”.
Moeen hasn’t played Test cricket for England since the first Ashes Test match against Australia last year. His performance with the ball in that game was decent, but he failed to get into double digits in either of the two innings with the bat.
The 32-year old was likely to be dropped, but he himself pulled out of the squad saying that he was exhausted and wanted some time away from the game.
“I feel like sometimes it’s easy to point the finger at me. It did get to me and that was probably one of the reasons why I felt like I needed to step back from Test cricket in particular.” Moeen was quoted as saying by BBC Asian Network.
Moeen missed the last four games of the Ashes series and was thereafter not considered for selection for the tours of New Zealand and South Africa.
Jack Leach has been England’s first choice spinner in Test cricket in Moeen’s absence and although, the southpaw has been pretty decent with the ball, he is not a proper all-rounder like Moeen who can contribute with the bat too.
Moeen has not decided yet when he will be back, but he reckons he is not too far away. He has also praised the England Cricket Board (ECB) for giving him all the support that he needed during this difficult phase of his career.
“They’ve just said, ‘Whenever you’re ready, mate. We’ll be here for you’. Hopefully very soon I’ll be back.” Moeen concluded.
The Englishman has played 60 Test matches for England so far and has scored 2782 runs with 5 hundreds and 14 fifties. He has also got 181 Test wickets to his name with five 5-wicket hauls.
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