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England all-rounder Moeen Ali open to Test return under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes


Star all-rounder Moeen Ali has claimed that he would love to join England’s Test revolution under new coach and captain duo of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.

Moeen Ali open to Test return under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes (Reuters Photo)

Moeen Ali open to Test return under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moeen Ali said he would love to join England’s Test revolution under McCullum and Stokes
  • Moeen Ali retired from Test cricket last September after winning 64 caps for England
  • Moeen, who made his debut in 2014, was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2019

England star all-rounder Moeen Ali is open to returning to Test cricket, saying he would love to play under head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes. Moeen, who made his debut in 2014, was part of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2019.

Notably, Moeen retired from Test cricket last year with 2914 runs and 195 wickets from 64 matches. He, however, continues to represent England in limited-overs cricket. He has so far played 112 ODIs and 49 T20Is, amassing 2514 runs and taking 120 wickets across the two formats.

“He [McCullum] got the job and messaged me the day after during the IPL and said, ‘are you in?'” Moeen told BBC Test Match Special.

“He said he will call me on the weekend. So we spoke and he said, ‘look in future if we need you if there are injuries or a tour in the sub-continent etc, are you keen to play?’

“He’s a very difficult person to say no to that and I found that very, very hard. He’s very convincing.

“To be honest, I’d love to play under him and Stokesy. Both of them have that character about them. They’re very aggressive. I think I would suit their cricket a bit more and I think they feel I would suit them as well.”

McCullum is confident that Moeen can easily translate his white-ball skills into Test cricket.

“I’m sure if Mo [Moeen] wanted to [play Test cricket] and was prepared to put the yards in to make it back into the side then he’d challenge, no doubt,” said McCullum.



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