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Moeen Ali to retire from Test cricket, focus on ODI, T20Is, franchise cricket

Moeen Ali

London, September 27: England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who is currently playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021, is set to announce his retirement from Test cricket right ahead of the upcoming Ashes.

Ali, who has played 64 Tests, has decided to bid adieu to the longest format. He has come to his decision because he is uncomfortable with possible extended time away from home in the coming months as a likely member of both the T20 World Cup and Ashes squad," reported ESPNcricinfo.

The left-handed batsman is currently in the UAE, playing for Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing Indian Premier League season.

As per ESPNcricinfo, Ali has informed about his decision to head coach Chris Silverwood and Test captain Joe Root. Ali wants to prolong his white-ball career so it is likely that he will continue to play county and franchise cricket.

Moeen Ali has played 64 Tests for England, managing to score 2,914 runs at an average of 28.29 with his highest score being 155 not out.

With the ball in hand, the off-spinner has taken 195 wickets with his best figures being 6-53.

Playing T20 after Test is tough -- Jadeja

Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja who powered Chennai Super Kings' two-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders stated that transition to T20 format after playing Test cricket was 'difficult'.

Jadeja single-handedly took the game away from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium after he scored 22 runs off the 19th over as Prasidh Krishna looked on haplessly.

With the victory, CSK returned to the top of the table. Jadeja who was adjudged player of the match in the post-match presentation said, "It is difficult. You have been playing Test cricket for five months and suddenly you have to come and play white ball cricket. It was difficult.

''In the nets also I was working my bat swing. So, I was thinking whatever I have done in the nets I have to repeat in the match. The runs I got in the second last over was more important than the wicket because that was match-winning for us," he pointed.

"Everybody does their team role. Rutu, Faf, they gave us a good start, That's what you need as a team, you need to be collective as a team. I was just backing my strength. I knew he had fine leg and square leg up, so he was going to bowl a wide yorker or a slower ball.

So, I was waiting for that and he bowled a slower length ball and I was ready, luckily I connected off the middle of the bat and we are on the winning side today," he added.

Needing 26 off the last two overs, CSK took two singles of the first two balls off Prasidh's over before Jadeja went berserk.

He hit a six over the long leg, followed it with a straight six, then a square drive for a boundary and then one at third man.

By the time the 19th over ended, CSK needed just 4 more runs to make it three consecutive wins.

While Narine did pick two wickets in the 20th over -- Sam Curran and Jadeja -- but it just wasn't enough at the end of the day as Jadeja had already done the damage in the previous over.

In the end, he finished with 22 off 8 balls. Dhoni the captain of CSK said, "It's a very nice victory to have.

What we've seen in cricket is at times you play good cricket and lose the game, while at times you don't really play well but still if you win the game - it's slightly more enjoyable for the simple reason that you'll still address the mistakes but going back one and a half hours to Dubai you'll be in a better mood.

So, a terrific game at the end of the day. It was good cricket from both sides and it was a pleasure for the spectators."

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Story first published: Monday, September 27, 2021, 9:54 [IST]
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