Moeen Ali comes out of Test retirement; added to England squad for first two Ashes Tests against Australia

Moeen Ali comes out of Test retirement; added to England squad for first two Ashes Tests against Australia

Moeen Ali, after retiring from Test cricket in September 2021, has made a comeback and will be part of the England squad for the initial two Tests in the five-match Ashes series against Australia.

Moeen will be taking the place of left-arm spinner Jack Leach, who has been ruled out of the series due to a stress fracture in his back.

The decision to reverse his retirement was prompted by England captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum, who approached Moeen and convinced him to reconsider.

At the age of 35, Moeen had previously expressed his difficulty in adapting to the Test format, but he has now decided to give it another try.

Rob Key, managing director of England men’s cricket, in his official statement said: “We reached out to Mo early this week about returning to Test cricket. Having had a couple of

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