England team all-rounder Moeen Ali is not going to reverse his decision to retire from Test cricket. He has turned down another offer from England’s Test team head coach Brendon McCullum to reverse his decision and has made it clear that he will not play Test cricket. The all-rounder had pulled out of the longest format in September 2021 but had admitted in the summer season that he would love to play alongside the Ben Stokes-McCullum duo.
McCullum had approached the 35-year-old Moeen ahead of the Test series against Pakistan in December. This was reported by The Cricketer, but he failed to recall Moeen. Now Moeen Ali wrote in The Daily Mail, “It’s a journey I won’t miss. It’s not something I’m looking forward to doing anymore. I’ve had conversations with Baz (McCullum) and myself Can’t see me stuck in hotels for another month and playing to the best of my ability.”
He added, “Baz called me, we had a long talk and I said, ‘Sorry, my work is done’. He understands and he knows the feeling. Seeing the young players, I thought I’ve always been there. I want to play in this format, but the more I thought about it and discussed it with the people close to me, I came to know deep down that I would not be able to do it.”
Terming Test cricket as hard work, Moeen Ali said, “Test cricket requires hard work. I am 35 years old and I have something to give. I want to enjoy my cricket and reverse my decision and then It wouldn’t be fair to struggle to give it my all. It’s time to close the door on that side of my career. It’s a privilege to play 64 Tests for England and my dream has come true.”