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Just several days ago, LIV were considered the villains of the golf world, Karim Benzema was a member of the Real Madrid soccer team, and Moeen Ali had already retired from playing professional cricket at the Test level.
Currently, LIV has achieved a top position in golf, Saudi Arabia has acquired another valuable sporting asset in the form of Benzema and Moeen has made a comeback.
Moeen, the off-spinner, has decided to respond to England’s Ashes request, which adds to the already thrilling journey of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
The news on Sunday that Jack Leach suffered a back injury and will not be able to play in the series against Australia was a major setback for both him and the team as a whole.
Leach, a left-arm bowler, has been deprived of the opportunity to play in the Ashes due to his frequent injuries and health concerns. This is particularly unfortunate because he is currently performing exceptionally well in Test cricket and is an integral part of the England squad.
The departure of a player has created a significant weakness in England’s offense. This is particularly concerning as there are doubts about the fitness of captain Stokes to bowl, and there are few alternative options available to fill the gap.
In light of the current circumstances, England has made a strategic decision to give Moeen a chance to redeem himself after being mistreated by the Australian team. This decision has resulted in Moeen being taken away from his commentary duties at BBC and thrust into the chaotic and intense competition of the Ashes.
If England decides to bring back a player who hasn’t participated in first-class cricket since retiring from Test cricket in September 2021, they may face criticism for ignoring other players who have been part of the squad or have been playing in the County Championship.
However, in reality, all the choices available were not ideal and would have placed the involved players in a challenging and possibly inequitable position.
Rehan Ahmed, a leg-spinner, has shown great potential and had an impressive start in his career in Pakistan. However, considering he is only 18 years old, relying on him as the only spinner against the Australian team may be too much of a challenge.
On his debut in Rawalpindi, Will Jacks managed to take six wickets. Similar to Moeen, he has the potential to become an off-spinning all-rounder of Test level. However, he is still in the process of improving his skills as a bowler.
Lancashire’s County Championship team has decided to remove Matt Parkinson, and Liam Dawson has not participated in Test cricket since 2017. Although Dawson, who is a left-arm bowler, would have been the most dependable option, Stokes and McCullum are known to take risks rather than playing it safe.
England had the option to choose four main seam bowlers for their team, and they can also rely on Joe Root’s off-spin and the number of overs that Stokes can bowl during the game. This possibility still exists for the team.
This becomes especially relevant when you take into account Stokes‘ tendency to choose to field first (every time he has won the coin toss at home since becoming captain last year) and Australia’s inclination to bat first (they have chosen to bat first in 17 out of their last 20 games when winning the toss). This means that England may not need to rely on a spinner to perform well in the fourth innings of a match.
Despite the theory being discredited, it is evident that Leach has had a significant impact on England’s success in winning 11 out of 13 Tests. He has been the only consistent bowler, having played in every match, and has delivered more than 1,000 balls than any other player.
Since 2001, England has not been able to win an Ashes Test if they didn’t have a primary spinner
In the case where having a skilled spinner is crucial, Moeen’s extensive experience of playing in 64 Test matches and taking 195 wickets makes him a valuable asset to the team. Only two other spinners, Derek Underwood and Graeme Swann, have taken more wickets for England. It is believed that he would still be considered as England’s top choice if he had not retired before the last Ashes tournament.
Moeen, a player who has won the World Cup in both limited-overs formats, is not likely to be intimidated by the enormity of the event. Recently, he helped Chennai Super Kings win the Indian Premier League, where the final was played in front of a massive crowd of over 100,000 people in Ahmedabad.
With five Test hundreds under his belt, this player’s versatility allows England to have more options in case Stokes is unable to bowl. This could mean adding an extra seamer to the team.
When positioned at number eight, Moeen would provide stability to the lower order, which is usually compromised by the presence of Stuart Broad who is placed too high.
The combination of Root, Harry Brook, Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow in the engine room, followed by Moeen, is very exciting. The attacking and free-flowing style of England, led by Stokes, is ideal for Moeen’s batting and bowling skills. In the past, Moeen may not have performed as well under stricter regimes.
Moeen has previously considered making a comeback. During the previous summer, he had reversed his decision to retire but eventually declined the offer to join the team for the Pakistan tour. It is evident that recalling a player who has not played with a red ball for nearly two years involves some degree of risk.
It is highly likely that Australia will target Leach and Moeen for attack. In the past, they were able to eliminate Moeen from the series after only one Test match.
Moeen Ali, an English cricketer, has struggled against the Australian team, with his bowling average of 64.65 and strike-rate of 100.5 being the worst against any opponent. In particular, Australian batsman Steve Smith has had great success against him, averaging nearly 114 runs per dismissal. Additionally, in 2021, which may be Moeen’s final year of playing Test cricket, his average of 37.50 and strike-rate of 63 were his poorest since 2016.
Towards the end of his Test career, the performance of the left-handed batsman declined. In the period starting from 2018, Moeen played 16 Tests and had an average score of only 16. This was less than half of what he had achieved in the 48 matches he had played before 2018.
Stokes and McCullum, who lead England, are not contemplating any potential negative outcomes with regards to Moeen. Instead, they are optimistic and hopeful that Moeen will have a positive impact on the team. This positive approach has proven to be successful for them thus far.
It is possible that if things go smoothly, Moeen might consider extending his stay beyond this summer, particularly since there are five Tests scheduled in India in the beginning of next year.
On the other hand, if this happens to be the last opportunity for Moeen to perform at his best on the Test pitch, it could be an amazing finale to his Test career. It would be like an additional performance after the main one, leaving a
Regardless of what happens, Moeen’s comeback adds another layer of fascination to the highly anticipated Ashes series, which is considered the most exciting in a long time.
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