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Moeen Ali takes short break from cricket


English all-rounder Moeen Ali has announced to take a short break from all forms of cricket after being dropped from the second Ashes Test squad to face Australia at Lord’s this week.

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The 32-year old has taken the break before he returns to play for Worcestershire.

Worcestershire CCC coach Alex Gidman said on Tuesday,

“Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect.

“He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes.

“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We saw at Trent Bridge (in the Blast) what he gives to us and we look forward to when he returns soon,” he further said.

Earlier, Moeen was omitted from the second Test squad after scoring just four runs and taking 2 for 130 bowling 29 overs in England’s defeat in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

Moeen Ali said, “As an all-rounder I can affect every innings of the game but in all honesty, I know my batting has been a problem of late. Given I’ll probably be coming in at No 8, my primary role is with the ball and since returning to the side last summer against India my record has been strong in this department.”

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