Moeen Ali ‘probably ready now’ to make England Test return

Lahoma Whitelow

Moeen Ali has indicated that he is ready to return from his self-imposed Test exile as soon as the coronavirus outbreak allows.

Ali has not played a Test since being dropped during last summer’s Ashes. He subsequently lost his Test central contract – receiving a white-ball only deal – and opted out of the tours to New Zealand and South Africa, saying he needed a break from the longest format.

Instead, Ali spent his winter taking part in T20 leagues such as the PSL, and was set to return to the IPL before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. With the English season currently on hold, the allrounder said that he had taken time to reevaluate things and would be open to playing “a Test match tomorrow” if the situation allowed.

“I think I’d probably be ready now, to be honest,” he told the Guardian. “Clearly I would have to be

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