Moeen Ali has been recalled to the England squad and is set to play in the second Test at Lord’s. The second Test of the five-match series between India and England will be played from Thursday.
Moeen Ali was recalled to the England squad ahead of the Lord’s Test against India (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Moeen Ali returns to England squad ahead of Lord’s Test
- Moeen Ali has played only one first-class match in the last 23 months
- Moeen is set to play his first Test at home since the 2019 Ashes
England have included spin bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali in their squad ahead of the second Test against India at Lord’s starting August 12.
England’s top order, barring skipper Joe Root, has been struggling for some time now as head coach Chris Silverwood has hinted at making changes to the team in the face of continued poor performances.
England were bowled out for 183 in the first innings of the series opener and 303 in the second essay, which was largely based on Captain Root’s 109.
According to a statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board, the spinning all-rounder will train with the team on Tuesday.
Silverwood told the English media on Monday that it was considering recalling Ali in the absence of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.
“Moeen is definitely under consideration. He’s always been a part of our idea. We know he’s a good cricketer and we know he’s showing good form in the hundred at the moment, although I appreciate it being a different format I do
Silverwood said, “All-rounders like Ben Stokes or Chris Woakes usually give you options on all sides. Unfortunately, we have recently found ourselves squeezed by the conditions and we have not been able to do that.”
Moeen Ali, having played only one first-class match in the last 23 months, has been in excellent form in the white-ball game. He hit a 23-ball fifty for Birmingham Phoenix on Monday night and captained the team to the top of the table.
He last played a Test in February against India in the second Test at Chennai, where he took eight wickets in the match, but later returned home under England’s rest and rotation policy.
The call-up means Moeen is set to play his first Test on home soil since the 2019 Ashes.
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