The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday that all-rounder Moeen Ali has opted to retire from Test cricket. Moeen Ali, who is presently playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, says that while he enjoys Test cricket, the intensity of it all “may be too much at times.” The 34-year-old stated that he now wishes to enjoy the game and play it for as long as possible. The all-rounder said he was “glad and content” with what he’d accomplished in the game’s longest format.
“I’m 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket,” Moeen Ali was quoted as saying in ECB’s media release.
“Test cricket is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format by far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earnt it.
“I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a bowling point of view, knowing with my best ball I could get anyone out.”
“I’ve enjoyed Test Cricket but that intensity can be too much sometimes and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and I’m happy and content with how I’ve done,” he added.