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Will Moeen Ali come out of test retirement?

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As per the most recent reports in Daily Mail, England all-rounder, Moeen Ali has told the new head coach of the Test group, Brendon McCullum, that he is wanting to emerge from Test retirement and join the Ben Stokes-drove side. Moeen had declared his retirement from the red-ball cricket in September last year to delay his white-ball format.

A report in dailymail.co.uk added that Moeen’s dear companion and individual spinner Adil Rashid “could be enticed as well” to emerge from retirement.

While the re-visitation of Test cricket is not exactly simple or easy, Brendon McCullum, who has been entrusted with modifying the England Test side, has purportedly kept the team, alongside Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone, to him “to loan strength top to bottom in the England Test crew”, the report said.

“He respects Brendon immensely and would play for him. He’s always been committed to England and wishes to continue. He will assist when required.”stated by one of the sources of Daily Mail.

Moeen Ali had taken 195 wickets and scored 2,914 runs in 64 Tests, and had quit Test cricket last year supposedly referring to an absence of inspiration.

“We’ll see. I’m sure if Mo (Moeen) wanted to, and was prepared to put the yards in to make it back into the side, then he’d challenge, no doubt.” Said by Brendon McCullum.

Britain is booked to play three Tests in Pakistan in the not so distant future and McCullum’s assignment after the home series against New Zealand — starting at Lord’s on June 2 — will be to check out all suitable spin  bowlers for the subcontinent’s visit. Moeen Ali can be reviewed to the Test group as soon as August during the series in August.

“I’m not sure someone like Adil would play every game every year anyway. But my mentality is, if they’re the best cricketers, why not have conversation and see where you get to?”stated by McCullum.

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Leg-spinner Rashid’s re-visitation of the longest format of the game may be somewhat more “convoluted”, as per the report, as he has not played any sort of First-class cricket since the Bridgetown Test in January 2019.

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