Navigation links for those with disabilities are provided. The return of Moeen Ali is considered the best choice for England in the Ashes, according to recent updates from the Cricket section. This information was updated one hour ago.
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Moeen, the off-spinner, has made a thrilling decision to respond to England’s Ashes SOS. This is the latest twist in the nail-biting journey of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.
The announcement on Sunday that Jack Leach will not be able to play in the series against Australia due to a back injury was a major setback both for him personally and for the team as a whole.
Due to injuries and health concerns, Leach, a left-arm bowler, has been deprived of the opportunity to play in the Ashes tournament, which is the most significant event in Test cricket. This is particularly disappointing as he was in top form and a crucial member of the England team.
After the departure of a player, England’s attack was left with a significant gap. The fitness of the captain, Stokes, to bowl is also unsure, and there are limited options available to fill the gap.
Considering the circumstances, England has made a wise decision by giving Moeen the chance to rectify the injustices he has experienced at the hands of the Australians. This move has taken Moeen away from his role as a commentator for the BBC and thrown him into the midst of an intense Ashes conflict.
Bringing back a player who hasn’t participated in first-class cricket since retiring from Test cricket in September 2021 may result in England receiving backlash for disregarding other players who have been part of the team or performing well in the County Championship.
However, in practical terms, all of the choices available were inadequate and would have placed the involved players in a highly challenging and possibly inequitable position.
Rehan Ahmed, a leg-spinner, has shown great potential and had a very promising debut in Pakistan. However, being only 18 years old, it may be a bit of a challenge for him to be the only spinner against the Australian team.
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 in Test cricket. 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 from their lineup, while Liam Dawson has not participated in any Test cricket events since 2017. Dawson, who is a left-arm bowler, would have been the most dependable choice among all the players. However, given Stokes and McCullum’s tendency to take risks, it is uncertain if they will opt for the safer option.
England has the option of selecting four primary seam bowlers, along with the off-spin of Joe Root and the number of overs that can be bowled by Stokes. This remains a viable strategy for the team.
This is especially important to note because Stokes has consistently chosen to field first in the four home matches he has led since last year. In contrast, Australia has a tendency to bat first when they win the toss, having done so in 17 out of their last 20 matches. As a result, England may not need to rely on a spinner to perform well during the fourth innings of a match.
The idea that Leach is not a valuable player on the England cricket team has been proven wrong by his significant contribution to the team’s impressive record of 11 victories in 13 Tests. Leach has been consistently present in every match and has bowled more than 1,000 deliveries, which is more than any other player on the team.
Since 2001, England has not been able to win an Ashes Test without having a primary spinner in their field
Suppose there is a significant requirement for a proficient spin bowler, Moeen can provide his expertise from his 64 appearances in Test cricket, where he has taken 195 wickets. Among all the spinners who have represented England, only Derek Underwood and Graeme Swann have claimed more wickets than him. It is believed that he would have still been England’s top pick if he had not retired before the previous Ashes series.
Moeen, a player who has won the World Cup in both limited-overs cricket formats, is well-acquainted with playing in high-pressure situations. He recently won the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings, triumphing in a final that was watched by over 100,000 spectators in Ahmedabad. Moeen’s experience in such grand events suggests that he won’t be intimidated by the magnitude of the
He has scored five Test hundreds and his all-round skills provide England with the option of including another fast bowler in the team in case Stokes is unable to bowl.
Moeen would provide support to the lower order by batting at number eight, which is normally occupied by Stuart Broad who is not as effective in that position.
The combination of Root, Harry Brook, Stokes, and Jonny Bairstow in the engine room, with Moeen following, is an exciting possibility. The aggressive and dynamic playing style that Stokes has promoted is ideal for both Moeen’s batting and bowling abilities. Moeen may not have performed as well under stricter regimes in the past.
Moeen has previously considered making a comeback. He reversed his retirement decision last year, but ultimately declined the opportunity to join the team on their tour of Pakistan. It is evident that recalling a player who has not played cricket with a red ball for nearly two years carries some level of uncertainty and danger.
It is likely that Australia would have targeted Leach previously and may do the same to Moeen. In the past, they were able to remove Moeen from the series after just one test.
Moeen Ali’s performance in bowling against Australia is the poorest compared to his performance against any other opponent. Steve Smith seems to have a particular advantage over Moeen, with an average of almost 114 against him. In addition, Moeen’s performance in the year 2021, which is also his last year of playing Test cricket, has been subpar, with an average of 37.50 and strike rate of 63, which is his worst since 2016.
During the later part of his Test career, the performance of the left-handed batter declined. In the last 16 Tests starting from 2018, Moeen’s average was only 16, which is less than half of what he had achieved in his previous 48 matches.
Stokes and McCullum, who lead England, are not thinking about potential negative outcomes regarding Moeen’s performance. They are anticipating and even counting on a positive influence from him. This approach has been successful for them up to this point.
It is possible that if things go smoothly, there is a chance that Moeen might be convinced to extend his stay beyond just this season. This is especially true since there are five upcoming Tests in India in the beginning of next year.
On the other hand, if this is Moeen’s last chance to shine and make a lasting impression, it could be a spectacular ending to his Test career.
The return of Moeen brings an additional layer of curiosity to the already highly anticipated Ashes series of this generation, regardless of the result.
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