Moeen Ali brings curtain down Test career

England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket on Monday, according to the England cricket board

Moeen Ali, who made his Test debut in 2014, has 2,914 runs at an average of 28.29 and 195 wickets to his name in 64 Tests. In a statement, Moeen expressed his satisfaction with his Test career and expressed his hope that it would inspire other British Muslims to play for England.

“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.

“It always takes somebody to inspire you I know he wasn’t English but someone like (former South Africa batter) Hashim Amla, when I first saw him, I thought if he can do it I can do it, it does take that little spark.

“I’d love (for someone) one day in 8-10 years’ time to say Moeen made it easier for me.”

Having played little Test cricket since the 2019 Ashes, Moeen was recalled for the home summer series against India and played in three matches.

In an interview the 34-year-old said he was struggling to focus on Test cricket and now intends to specialise in white-ball cricket. “During the India series I felt like I was done, to be honest,” he said.