England vs India: Moeen Ali Joins Squad for Second Test

muzzamil mehboobWeb Editor

11th Aug, 2021. 10:48 am
England vs India: Moeen Ali Joins Squad for Second Test

Moeen Ali has been recalled for the upcoming second Test between England and India.

The right-arm off-break bowler has only played one test match in the last two years. He played against India in Chennai six months ago. Now he is all set to play against India once again at the Lord’s.

In the absence of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, England were outplayed for significant stretches of the drawn opener at Trent Bridge last week and are attempting to rebalance the side.

Ali only played withe-ball matches since his last test in wg=hich he took eight wickets and scored 43 runs in second innings of the test.

He bowled Indian skipper Virat Kohli twice in that match but did not play any further. He took scheduled rest as a part of the England Crick Board’s (ECB) rotation policy.

After that test, Ali has been playing white-ball matches. He last played in the inaugural season of The Hundred as the captain of Birmingham Phoenix.

He finished the season with outstanding performance, with his team at the top. he also scored a brutal 59 against Welsh Fire on Monday, in which he hit five sixes and three fours in just 28 balls.

“We’ll look at conditions and weigh things up but he’s in a great position to play,” said England captain Joe Root. “That’s why he’s been called up to the squad, for his capability with both bat and ball. Albeit in a short format, he’s in great form at the minute, playing with great confidence, and we all know what he’s capable of in the Test arena. He’s scored big hundreds and won the games with the ball as well and he’s a fine cricketer.

“If he gets an opportunity he’ll be desperate to impress and show everyone how good he is in Test cricket as well as white-ball cricket.”

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