Published: Sun, September 22, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Moeen Ali takes break from Test cricket

Moeen Ali takes break from Test cricket

Batsman Joe Denly - who missed out on World Cup selection after much discussion about his possible role as a spin-bowling all-rounder - was awarded his first white-ball contract. "He's the best player I've ever seen".

"When we appoint a new head coach, it's a good chance for those guys to sit down even with me and even the selectors and map out what the future looks like and the sort of cricket we want to play as a Test team".

The 32-year-old off-spinner and left-handed batsman had lost his place in England's World Cup-winning team before being dropped from the Test side after the defeat in the first Ashes Test.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who missed out on a central contract in Test matches, has chose to take a short break from red-ball cricket.

"In the immediate term, he hasn't played a lot of cricket this year for us for different reasons and, as [captain] Eoin Morgan has said, there's a certain amount of trust that needs to be gained back. I just want to give myself a bit of time to refresh my batteries and see where it goes after that".

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"For all the guys, not just Moeen, it's been a really challenging summer", Giles said.

Smith, who served a one-year ban for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, amassed a whopping 774 runs from seven innings at an incredible average of 110.57 in the recent Ashes series against England.

This is the first time since 2014-15, when Moeen Ali made his England debut, that he has been omitted from the upper tier of the European Central Bank contract list- a run that reflects the amount of global cricket, 186 matches in all formats, that he had been playing in the preceding five years.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. And that's why I encouraged him to leave that option open to come back. While Giles insisted that Moeen's decision would not be exclusively driven by any desire to play a full part in RCB's campaign, he was adamant that the rewards of the tournament were not merely financial - as shown by the big-game experience that many of England's 50-over stars were able to lean upon in key moments of the World Cup.

Giles is excited for Root to work with a new head coach and create a plan to win back the Ashes in Australia for the 2021-22 series.

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