Harmison wants Moeen in England Test squad
England all-rounder Moeen Ali is in the preliminary squad of 30, but it is not yet certain whether he will be in the final 15-member squad. There is a fierce battle for a place in the team.
However, former England pacer Steve Harmison is supporting the off-spinning all-rounder who has been out of the Test squad for a long time. The former pacer wants to see Moeen in the starting XI in the first match of the series against the West Indies.
Moeen lost the rhythm and left the team after the first Test of the last Ashes. He was later dropped from the board’s red ball central contract. Then he decided to take a break from this version.
Moeen, who played 60 Tests, said in April that he was ready to return to the field in white jersey. However, the 33-year-old all-rounder’s return to the Tests won’t be easy. Jack Leach has caught the eye in the last Ashes with bat and ball. Dom Bess took five wickets in his debut in South Africa due to the injury of this spinner. Young spinners Amar Virdi and Matt Parkinson are also in the 30-member squad.
Harmison, who took 226 wickets in 63 Tests for England, is happy to have Moeen in the squad. The former pacer’s first choice in the XI is experienced Moeen.
“… Moeen Ali comes back and for me, he plays at Southampton. If I’ve got a 30-man squad, I’m picking my best team, Moeen Ali’s in my best team, I play him,” Harmison said.
The first Test will start on July 8 in Southampton. The next two matches will be in Manchester. All matches will be played in bio-secure environment and in a stadium without spectators.