England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced his retirement from test cricket, but he will still play in limited internationals.
Ali appeared in 64 tests, making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2014, winning 195 wickets and scoring 2,914 points. He ends his testing career with a batting average of 28.29 and a bowling average of 36.66 after reaching five centuries and completing five runs from five wickets.
He also won the 50-year-old World Cup and is part of England’s preliminary squad for the T20 World Cup.
In his statement, he explained his decision to withdraw from Test Cricket, which comes just months before the Ashes.
“I’m 34 now and want to play as long as possible and just want to enjoy my cricket,” Ali said. “The cricket test is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s far better than any other format, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you really deserve it.
“I’m going to miss hanging out with the guys, playing against the best in the world with that nervous feeling, but also from a bowling point of view, knowing that with my best ball, I could get anyone out. I enjoyed Test Cricket but this intensity can be too intense at times and I feel like I have done enough and am happy and satisfied with what I did. “
Ali currently plays for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and will continue his role for Worcestershire in white ball cricket. And he thanked his family for all their support throughout his career.
“I have to thank Peter Moores and Chris Silverwood for being my coaches and Peter for giving me my debut. Cookie and Rooty as captains that I enjoyed playing with and hope they are happy with the way I have played.
“My parents are my number one, I think without their support I would never have made it, every game I played was for them and I know they are really proud of me.
“My brothers and my sister, on my bad days, they were the first to come and get me, my wife and my children, my wife’s sacrifices and the patience she shows, I’m really grateful for that . They have all been amazing in my journey, everything I have done I have done for them. “