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Sport ‘Sometimes it is easy to point the finger at me’ – Moeen Ali explains his decision to step away from Test cricket

00:02  17 january  2020
00:02  17 january  2020 Source:   cricket365.com

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Moeen Ali says feeling as though he was "always one of the first guys to get the blame" has been The Worcestershire all-rounder has been taking time away from Test cricket after being granted a His form with bat and ball had seen him dropped from the squad. " It was tough but I knew it was the

It is easy to underestimate the perils of playing when not 100% fit. Moeen would probably have to replace Pope or Adil Rashid, which highlights that the toughest selectorial decisions for this Test He has enhanced his status as an all-rounder in this series, while demonstrating how it is possible for

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Moeen Ali has suggested he was made a scapegoat when England struggled in Test cricket.

The 32-year-old has not played for his country since being dropped after the first Ashes Test in August following a poor run of form.

In September, he lost his ECB central contract for Test cricket, only receiving a white-ball contract, and he took a break from the five-day game.

Talking to BBC Cricket Social, Moeen said: “A lot of the time if we lose I feel I am one of the first guys to get the blame for it.

“I found, yes, there have been days when I have not had good games, but I feel sometimes it is easy to point the finger at me. It did get to me and that was one of the reasons why I needed to step back from Test cricket.

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Trevor Bayliss says Moeen Ali talked his teammates out of pursuing a complaint against an unnamed Australia “ It was a hard-fought series. But no, I thought [relations after that point ] were OK. An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson said: “On the day, Moeen Ali spoke to the England

Moeen played the last of his 50 Tests at Auckland in March but he now looks certain to benefit from Jonny Bairstow’s fractured finger , even if Root gave little away after If you bat higher, you have that chance to get in and bat for a long time. He set his stall out to do that here. It was a high‑class innings.

“I felt like I was drained from it all. I do think that but I have got to become a stronger person for that as well. It is difficult but I will be fine.”

Moeen was a member of Eoin Morgan’s World Cup-winning 50-over side, but was dropped during the tournament on home soil and did not play in July’s final.

He then lost his place in the Test team a month later despite being the world’s leading Test wicket-taker during the previous 12 months.

The Worcestershire all-rounder subsequently took a short break from cricket before his hiatus from red-ball cricket was confirmed when he was not included in the tour of New Zealand.

Moeen has since played franchise cricket in South Africa and Abu Dhabi, but is back in England’s white-ball squad for three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 fixtures in South Africa.

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It has been a whirlwind year for Moeen Ali : he made his England Test debut, scored one of the “Actually I won’t say it hurt me, it was more disappointing that I live 10 minutes away [ from “ Sometimes in Asian homes it is all about where we’ve come from which is important too, but it is

He is then set to play in the Pakistan Super League, which coincides with Chris Silverwood’s team taking on Sri Lanka in two Tests in March.

With first-choice spinner Jack Leach being sent home from the ongoing tour of South Africa after battling a series of health issues, Moeen could have found himself back in the Test fold for the red-ball games in Sri Lanka.

On a potential return, he said: “I’m not sure yet. I’m going to go to South Africa now for the one-day stuff and decide probably there and speak to a few people.

“I’ll definitely come back when I feel ready. England – the ECB – have been amazing in terms of support and they fully understand where I’m coming from.

“Being in all forms of the game is not the easiest thing at the moment as we play so much cricket. There’s no time frame. When I’m ready I’ll come back for sure, but I know I’ve got to fight for my spot and earn my spot again.”

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Ali 's decision reignited debate over whether sport and politics should mix. Surrey all-round Azhar Mahmood pledged to wear similar wristband in An idyllic sun-kissed cricket ground on the south coast of England could hardly have felt further away from a conflict so bitter and entrenched it is

Moeen Ali feels he has “let down” his England team-mates. The all-rounder has struggled to find a rhythm with his bowling after suffering a side strain in “The injuries have played a part, especially in the first game – there was a time in Brisbane when I couldn’t feel the ball in my fingers it was so sore.

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