England have added Moeen Ali to the squad for the first-two Ashes Tests in the Upcoming Series at Edgbaston and Lord’s. This is a decision that brings the 35-year-old all-rounder out of Test retirement. Moeen, who had retired at the end of the 2021 season, was forced back into the Ashes Squad. This decision was taken after discussions with captain Ben Stokes, head coach Brendon McCullum and Rob Key.
The decision to reinstate Moeen comes after back injury to spinner Jack Leach. Moeen will be a frontrunner to add to his 64 Tests at his home ground in Birmingham, which is scheduled to host the first Test of the series from June 16.
“We reached out to Mo (Moeen Ali) early this week about returning to Test cricket,” Key revealed in a statement to the ECB website. “Having had a couple of days to reflect, Mo is excited to join the squad and play Test cricket again. His vast experience, along with his all-round ability, will benefit our Ashes campaign. We wish Mo and the rest of the squad well for the Ashes campaign.”
The England squad will report to Birmingham on June 12 and will begin preparations for the Ashes opener from the following day.
Updated England Squad for First Two Ashes Tests:
Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence. Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali.
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