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English all-rounder Moeen Ali retires from Test cricket Moeen Ali
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English all-rounder Moeen Ali retires from Test cricket

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 27 Sep 2021, 03:50 pm

London: England Men’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has decided to call time on his Test match career.

Ali, 34, made his Test debut back in 2014 and went on to represent England in 64 Test matches, read the England and Wales Cricket Board website.

He took 195 Test wickets including 5 five-wicket hauls and scored five Test match centuries during his career.

Discussing his decision, Ali said: “I’m 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket."

“Test cricket is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format by far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earned it," he said.

“I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a bowling point of view, knowing with my best ball I could get anyone out," he said.

Ali hopes that his Test career will inspire and open the door for other British Muslims to play for England.

Ali added: “It always takes somebody to inspire you or takes somebody to think if he can do it I can and I hope there are a few people out there who are thinking that."

“I know he wasn’t English but someone like Hashim Amla, when I first saw him, I thought if he can do it I can do it, it does take that little spark," Ali said.

“I’d love one day in 8-10 years’ time to say Moeen made it easier for me. There have been guys before me who made it easier, so you hope to open the door for someone else," Ali said.

“I’ve enjoyed Test Cricket but that intensity can be too much sometimes and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and I’m happy and content with how I’ve done,” he said.