The England and CSK off-spinner Moeen Ali has revealed that he recently had a conversation with the new England test head coach Brendon McCullum and McCullum asked him if he would be willing to return to the test match cricket if there was an overseas tour where his services would be required.
In an exclusive interview given to the English publication the guardian, Moeen said that he has played with Brendon McCullum in the IPL before and he likes the way he goes about his business. So, he gave him a positive answer and told him he was not closing the door, but he couldn’t make a decision right now.
Moeen said that he asked McCullum to call him at the time his services would be required and he would be in a better position to make a decision when he knows exactly when his services are required, rather than making any decision now. But, he is keeping the possibilities open for sure.
Moeen Ali had retired from test cricket last year
Moeen Ali had announced his retirement from test cricket last year insisting that he was not finding himself motivated enough to play test cricket anymore, but there have been a lot of changes in England’s test match set up since that day.
Joe Root has stepped down as the test captain, while Chris Silverwood has been sacked as the head coach. A new captain and a new head coach is in charge now in the form of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum and that’s why there were speculations if Moeen Ali would change his mind and opt for a test comeback if he was required.
Now, with Moeen coming out and revealing that he has had a conversation with McCullum, England fans are hopeful that Moeen would be available if needed on away tours, but at this stage, England’s first choice spinner in test cricket is Jack Leach and he will play the first test match against New Zealand as well which is starting today.