All-rounder Moeen Ali retires from Test cricket

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced retirement from test cricket. He has been playing tests for England for the last 7 years. The news of his retirement was also confirmed by the England cricket board (ECB). However, he will continue to play as a spin option in the test for the national team. 

“I’m 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket,” Moeen said. “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.

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

Moeen Ali played his first debutant test match against Srilanka in 2024 at the lord stadium. He did not have much to show in the first series, although he hit a hundred in his second match. His average was only 28.29 with the bat. Until 2016, he was just enough for the team. 

His shining year came in 2016 when he added four centuries to his tally. It seemed his batting performance started declining. However, He continued to do magic with his ball. He managed to take 3 wickets when England played a Test against South Africa. He had 25 wickets to his name. He was named “ the player of the series.”

2019 was the year when he was removed from England’s contractually central players list that led him to take a break from test cricket. It took him a full 18 months to return back into test cricket. His first match after returning was against India in Chennai where he took 8 wickets. He had lots of workloads back then at home, due to which he was sent back home to manage the same.  He was called back by the selectors after two years to play a test in the absence of Ben Stokes and Chris woakes. His final test was against India at the Oval earlier this month. 

In 64 Tests, Moeen has made 2914 runs and picked up 195 wickets, falling just short of becoming only the 15th player overall to achieve a double of 3000 runs and 200 wickets in the format.