England all-rounder Moeen Ali has officially confirmed that the fifth Ashes Test against Australia marked the end of his Test career. Looking ahead, he stated that he won’t be participating in the Test series scheduled in India next year. Moeen passionately expressed his love for Test cricket and admitted that he wishes he could rewind time to continue playing in the traditional format. During his illustrious Test career comprising 68 matches, Moeen managed to amass 3,094 runs, including five centuries and 15 half-centuries. Notably, he also contributed with the ball, taking an impressive tally of 204 wickets.
Reflecting on his Test journey, Moeen acknowledged that it had its fair share of highs and lows, but he holds no regrets. He especially appreciated England’s decision to recall him for the final Test against Australia, where he saw it as a free opportunity to perform without pressure.
Although retiring from the traditional format, the 36-year-old all-rounder has no intentions of stepping away from the cricketing arena entirely. He expressed his desire to continue playing franchise cricket. Moeen has already made an impact in leagues like the IPL with Chennai Super Kings, and he has also been a prominent figure in other prestigious tournaments such as the PSL and the Hundred.
Moeen’s farewell from Test cricket was marked with significance as he led the team out of the Oval, side by side with fellow retiree Stuart Broad. Moeen praised Broad for his gesture, allowing him to share the moment. Their camaraderie and mutual respect were evident, making the farewell even more meaningful and memorable for both players.