Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Moeen a huge loss to England Test side, says skipper Root


England captain Joe Root hailed Moeen Ali as a role model and said he would be a huge loss to the Test side after the allrounder announced his decision to quit the longest format of the game on Monday.

Moeen, who made his Test debut in 2014, scored 2,914 runs in 64 Tests at an average of 28.29 and claimed 195 wickets with his nagging off-spin but played little Test cricket since the 2019 Ashes series against Australia.

The 34-year-old took a break from Tests in 2019 after losing out on a central contract before returning the fold in May 2020.

In February, England coach Chris Silverwood apologised for confusion surroundin­g Moeen’s departure from India midway through a Test series after Root said he had chosen to go home when he had actually been granted leave as part of a rotation policy.

Moeen was recalled to the Test side in August for the second match against India in the home summer series and played in two more matches against the tourists.

 ?? (File Photo) ?? Joe Root and Moeen Ali
(File Photo) Joe Root and Moeen Ali

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