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.
“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.”