Moeen Ali, the veteran all-rounder for England, has given a hint that he might bid farewell to his One-day International career after the team’s World Cup title defence in India later this year. Moeen has already retired from Test cricket and is only playing the shorter formats for England and various franchise leagues worldwide. He has emphasized that the World Cup in India is a significant priority but has suggested the possibility of quitting ODIs after that.
MOEEN ALI HAS PLAYED MORE THAN 250 GAMES FOR ENGLAND
“I don’t set a lot of goals, but I want to play that World Cup, be a part of that World Cup and hopefully win that World Cup and then we`ll see. I’m not saying I will retire or I`m not saying I won`t retire. Another seven or eight months at 35 is a lot. It could be a time where I`m thinking that`s me done now and I might look at Livingstone and Jacksy and think `you know what, my time is up, I`d rather these guys get ready for the next World Cup,”
Ali is facing competition from other players, such as Liam Livingstone and Will Jacks, who possess similar skills in both batting and spin bowling.
Moeen further said:
“I haven`t decided but I have sort of an idea of what I want to try and do. It genuinely makes me really happy when I see players coming in – whatever`s best for us and the side and going to make us champions, that`s more important and that`s the bigger picture really. I think it’s something that`s more logical and just makes more sense. If I`m playing well and playing all the franchise cricket – and playing for England – I don`t see why not. Fifty overs does get harder the older you get, it`s not easy to field and for sure it makes sense that I`ll do that.”
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