The Ashes series will begin on Friday (June 16). England vs Australia team is going to face each other in this series. The England team has announced its playing eleven two days before shocking Australia. He has included retired Test all-rounder Moeen Ali in his squad. However, former England captain Mike Atherton is not convinced to include Moeen in the team. They are upset with the England management.
What did Atherton say?
Former England captain Mike Atherton spoke to the media about Moeen Ali. He said, “I would not have chosen Moin for this series. However, I am not Ben Stokes. Moeen Ali has returned from retirement from Test cricket. He has not played Test cricket since September 2021. That’s why I didn’t want him in the playing XI.”
Speaking further, Atherton said, “In a match like this you need to play a player who will fit into your playing eleven. Also, who has played a lot of cricket against Australia. But you look at Moeen Ali, he doesn’t have a great record against Australia. Even before his retirement, his performance in Test cricket has not been very good.”
Moeen Ali’s Career
In fact, Moeen Ali has played 64 Test matches for England so far. Meanwhile, he has scored 2914 runs while batting in 111 innings. His average during this time was not special. He scored runs at an average of around 28.29. He has a total of 5 centuries and 14 fifties to his name. In addition, he has taken a total of 195 wickets in 112 innings while bowling. Meanwhile, his average has been 36.66. (cricketer moeen ali inclusion in first test of ashes 2023 michael atherton said this read here)
Before the Asia Cup, this legendary cricketer took a hasty retirement, represented the country in 7 World Cups.
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