Moeen Ali for India tour in 2024? Retired Allrounder reveals conversation with English Team coach Brendon McCullum
Moeen Ali, spin bowler and allrounder for England who just left the team, said that head coach Brendon McCullum did talk to him about being on the Test team when it goes to India in 2024. Ali said he was sure he wouldn't go to India next year for a five-Test series from January to March and told McCullum about their talk.
Moeen Ali came out of retirement to play in the Ashes for England's Test team after left-arm spinner Jack Leach got hurt. Ben Stokes, the captain of England's Test team, sent a one-word text message that said, "Ashes?" This led to the choice.
Moeen Ali's comeback to Test cricket was nothing short of amazing. Even though he was nervous at first because of his past problems with Australia, Ali welcomed the task with open arms. His play during the series was a big part of England's comeback, especially at Headingley and The Oval, where he was a key part of England's wins.
Ali's move to No. 3 at Headingley turned out to be a great move. His way of playing made it easier for other players to settle into their roles, which was a big part of England's three-wicket win. Even though he had a groyne injury, Ali took three wickets on the last day at The Oval, which helped England win by 49 runs.
But the Ashes 2023 was also the last Test Ali played in. After the series, he made it official that he was leaving Test cricket for good.
"They knew right away. Even more so when those India sites came out! On the second day, Baz asked me again when my day off was. No, I said. I won't be going there. I'm not going anywhere. I'm finished. Moeen told Crichistory.in, "It's nice to finish this way and be a part of a great day."
From January 25 to March 11, England will play 5 matches in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamsala.
Moeen Ali played for England in 68 Tests, hitting more than 3000 runs and taking more than 200 wickets. The off-spinner has done well against India. He has taken 55 wickets against them, including two 5-wicket hauls. He has also played in 6 Test matches in India, where he has taken 18 wickets.
Moeen Ali said he is happy to have ended his up-and-down Test career at The Oval, where England pulled off a miracle win to tie the Ashes series at 2-2. He said he has no regrets about his career.
"I still don't think I did that well, but it was great to end this way. Even though it was scary, I had nothing to lose because it was a free hit. I got a call from Baz and Stokesy. I thought I was bowling well, but my finger hurt. I didn't worry about bowling," he said.
Ali took 9 wickets over the course of 4 Tests in the Ashes 2023 series. He also helped with the bat, getting 180 runs, including a fifty.