Moeen Ali reveals Test comeback plan
While England all-rounder Moeen Ali did not make himself available for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka, he has revealed when he is looking to make his comeback to the Test squad.
Restating his desire to return to the red-ball cricket, Ali said he has “huge ambitions” to prove himself in the format. Then he also showed his interest to be involved in new winter’s five-match Test series trip to India.
“I do want to be part of that [tour to India] for sure. I still have huge ambitions for Test cricket. It is still the best form of the game and the hardest. I want prove to myself and to other people that I am not a bad Test player,” said Ali.
But before the Test tour of India in next January, England will have some other key battles as well in the longest format of the game. First they will play two Tests in Sri Lanka in March, which will be followed by a home summer against West Indies and Pakistan.
It is still uncertain if Ali will make himself available for any of those series as well. His next cricket assignment will be the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where he was roped in by Multan Sultans. Asked about Test return, he said he still needed some time to get ready and come back.
“I am going to give myself a bit more time. I want to make sure when I come back I am ready and fresh. I want to keep enjoying my cricket and get that hunger back because I feel I lost that completely. I had no interest in my batting and bowling and when you are in that situation there is no point playing,” he said.
Ali took a break from Test cricket after being dropped during the home Ashes series last year, and since then he has been in a self-imposed exile from Test cricket.