Moeen Ali Open To England Test Comeback for Pakistan Tour
Moeen Ali announced his retirement from testing in September 2021.©AFP
Moeen Ali has revealed he would be prepared to end his retirement from Test cricket if England ask him to tour Pakistan later this year. Moeen ended his 64-cap Test career last September after admitting he was struggling to stay motivated for the sport’s five-day form. But the versatile 34-year-old has been impressed with New England manager Brendon McCullum’s impact in the current Test series against New Zealand. During a commentary on the BBC’s Test Match Special on Saturday, Moeen confirmed he would be set to tour Pakistan this winter.
“When, or if, (England head coach) Baz McCullum wants me, I will definitely play in Pakistan,” he said.
“I played Pakistan Super League a few years ago but it’s not the same, traveling with an English team there with a family background from that part of the world will be amazing.
“It would be a historic event because England haven’t toured there for so many years.
“I know the support and the love you can get there, they love cricket. It’s really something that’s very appealing for sure.”
Kiwi McCullum and England New Test captain Ben Stokes inspired a five-wicket win over New Zealand at Lord’s in the first Test.
England have found it more difficult in the current second Test, but Moeen is intrigued to be part of the new regime.
“I find it very difficult to say no to him. He scares me a bit. We’ll have a chat and see how it goes,” he said.
“By the time I said I was retired I felt like I was done. I felt really tired with cricket.”
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