Cricket: Moeen Ali Chooses To Fly Home & Will Miss Final Two Tests Against India

The England all rounder Moeen Ali, had taken eight wickets in the match and scored a quick-fire second-innings 43 from 18 balls in England’s 317-run loss to India in the second Test in Chennai – his first Test since the Ashes opener in 2019.

However, the 33-year-old Moeen Ali, who suffered with a bout of coronavirus in Sri Lanka earlier this year – has opted to leave the bio-secure bubble and will now head home to spend time with his family.

England captain Joe Root said: “Moeen has chosen to go home. He obviously feels he wants to be with his family and we have to respect that.

“It’s been a tough tour for him – dealing with Covid, being in his room for such a long period of time.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 30: Moeen Ali of England looks on during day five of the Fourth Test Match in the 2017/18 Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

“I think it’s got to a point where he wants to get out of the bubble – and that’s fair enough. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision.

“If players feel they need to get out of the bubble then that is an option and I think it’s really important that we stand by that.”

Asked if Moeen may have played his final Test, Root said: “Why would it be his last Test match? I thought he got better as the game went on and showed everyone that he has the skills to perform at this level.

“He is not taking a further part out here but I don’t see why that closes the door on him entirely.”

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