England head coach Chris Silverwood said it was England team management who made the decision for Moeen Ali to return home after only playing a test match in both tours of Sri Lanka and India. Silverwood said the move was part of the England squad’s rotation policy.
The recently concluded second test match between India and England in Chennai was Moeen Ali’s first test since August 2019. He performed well, selecting 8 wickets in England’s 317 point loss and scoring 49 points with the bat. However, the news of his return to England for a break did not go well with many English experts and former cricketers.
The decision for Moeen Ali to return home was ours, says Chris Silverwood
England manage the workload of their multi-format players in one year which includes a T20 World Cup and Ashes series, with Moeen now missing the final two tests of the Indian series in Ahmedabad. Ali will be back for the T20I five-game series which will be played in Ahmedabad from March 12.
“We’re sorry if the impression we gave was that Moeen is being treated any differently from others. It isn’t, I can guarantee that. The decision to go home was ours, as it was with Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood [who have also been rested for parts of the India series]. We are happy to make this decision, ” Said Chris Silverwood.
“It was a unique situation with Moeen – he had spent so long in isolation. After barging into the team, he was asked the question [about staying] but in the end we thought it was the right decision for him to go. We hit the base with Mo [on Tuesday night], just like Joe [captain Joe Root], and he’s doing fine. Mo understands that we have his best interests at heart and that we try to take care of him, as we do with all the other players. We have to prioritize this and we are doing our best. “ Silverwood added.
Test Cricket is really important to me, England put nothing above testing: Chris Silverwood
Moeen Ali will be part of England’s T20 side which will play five matches against India in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year. The series will be played at the new Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad.
However, coach Chris Silverwood said it was a dry race for the England T20 team and nothing was coming above test cricket for him and for the England team. .
“I can guarantee we don’t prioritize anything above test cricket. The cricket test is really important to me. It’s something Joe and I are passionate about and we prioritize testing and T20 in the same way. We know we have a great opportunity to do some dry racing with the T20 World Cup in India – it gives us a fantastic opportunity to learn as a group and for the players to experience those conditions ”. Silverwood, 45, said.
Silverwood also said he was at peace with the possibility that England players would miss New Zealand’s two-test run at home in June to make the playoffs of the Indian Premier League edition (IPL 2021).