Anurag Dasgupta ∙ Updated: Jun 7 2023, 1:21 PM | 2 Min Read

Moeen Ali Comes Out of Test Retirement; Added to England's Ashes Squad

image-lileaw0pMoeen Ali returns to the England squad [Twitter]

In the latest development from England, all-rounder Moeen Ali, has decided to come out of Test retirement and has been added to the England squad for the first two Ashes Tests.

Moeen retired from Tests in 2021, but he reconsidered his decision after having positive talks with skipper Ben Stokes.

The 35-year-old has been added to England’s Ashes squad in place of Jack Leach, who suffered from a stress fracture during the Test match against Ireland.

Interestingly, Moeen also had a lengthy conversation with England’s Managing Director, Rob Key, and was drafted into the Test squad with immediate effect.

With the Ashes series starting from June 16, England needed a replacement for Jack Leach, and Moeen has the vast experience to fill in his shoes.

The all-rounder has represented England in 64 Tests, having scored 2914 runs, and taking 195 wickets. He provides strength to England in both the departments (batting and bowling), and will be a useful commodity in the first two Tests.

Here’s what ECB Managing Director, Rob Key said about Moeen Ali!

"We reached out to Mo (Moeen Ali) early this week about returning to Test cricket. Having had a couple of days to reflect, Mo is excited to join the squad and play Test cricket again," said Rob Key, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket. "His vast experience, along with his all-round ability, will benefit our Ashes campaign. We wish Mo and the rest of the squad well for the Ashes campaign."

The first Ashes Test commences at Edgbaston, with England looking to regain the urn once again.