Moeen Ali unlikely for Test return against anytime soon

It seems unlikely that England spinner Moeen Ali’s self-imposed exile from Test cricket is not coming to an end anytime soon, with England expected to name uncapped Matt Parkinson as their third spinner for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.Moeen Ali finished with nine in the game

Parkinson’s inclusion ahead of Amar Virdi would give Joe Root a leg-spin option to complement his right and left-arm finger spinners.

Ali has been told to take his time over his Test comeback, as he remains conflicted over ending the exile from Tests. So he was not among the six international withdrawals announced by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Saturday. Ali has been roped in by Multan Sultans for the competition.

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England coach Chris Silverwood explained why they are willing to give Ali the time he needs, “If we give Mo some time now, respect hi wishes and support him through then long term we might have him back for longer.”

However, the 32-year-old has not given any indication of when he might resume his Test career. He opted to take a step back after being dopped in favour of Jack Leach during the Ashes series last year. He has so far picked up 181 wickets for England in the longest format of the game.

As India have a five-match Test series in India next January, England are looking to get Ali back before that.

“We want all the ammunition we can get when going to places like that. Mo is still a very valuable asset to the Test side and always will be,” said Silverwood.

“We’ve got Bess, Leach and Parky and Mo when he’s ready to come back will give us some really good headaches,” he added.

England will name the squad for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

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