The all-rounder is not available for England’s upcoming Test tour to New Zealand.
Ashley Giles, the ECB’s chief executive officer, said Moeen, although taking a break from the game, has not withdrawn from Test Cricket. “He just wants to take a break from Test Cricket,” Giles said.
After Moeen was an integral part of the English team in all three formats, he experienced a difficult summer in 2019. He was dropped by the ODI side instead of Liam Plunkett and then made two test appearances before losing his place in this side to Jack Leach ,
Giles added, “I think for all the guys who not only talk about Moeen, it was a really challenging summer, a World Cup and an ashes in a row have massively influenced many of these guys, both psychologically and physically His experience in the first test was not great, but that’s cricket. “
Moeen has maintained his White Ball contract, suggesting he remains a key figure in both the ODI and the T20I.
By the time Moeen lost his place on the test page, he had more wickets in test cricket than any other in world cricket. Commenting on Moeen’s decision, Giles added, “He was a great servant to this team and that’s why I encouraged him to leave this option open for him to come back, maybe he just needs some time to refresh, but he does was a really good servant for this team and he is relatively young. “