England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali is set to take a break from cricket after being dropped from the England squad for the second Ashes test against Australia.
Ali performed poorly throughout the first test earlier this month as he scored nought and four in England’s defeat by Australia in Edgbaston. The 32-year-old also struggled with his bowling as he took three wickets for 173 runs across two innings.
AFP reported that Worcestershire’s first team coach Alex Gidman told the club’s website that Ali will be taking a “short break” away from the sport. "Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect,".
Gidman put the break down to Ali’s recent tough schedule and said he was looking forward to his player’s return. "He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup and the start of the Ashes.
"Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We look forward to when he returns soon."
Ali has taken out 48 wickets in 10 matches over the past year in a record that makes him the leading test wicket taker in the world over the past 12 months. However, his recent poor form played a part in England’s defeat by Australia in the first Ashes Test earlier this month and ultimately led to him being dropped.
England Captain Joe Root praised Ali and said that he believes the 32-year old will regain his place in the squad soon. "As he proved last summer, coming into that India series and having a massive influence on it, there's no reason why he can't go back and do the same again, and try and force his way back into the squad.
"You know, he's been a big part of English cricket, he's done some fantastic things in a Test shirt. And it's certainly not the last we'll see of him, he's a fine character, a great man and gives so much to this team.”