England’s World Cup-winning all-rounder Moeen Ali takes a break from Test cricket following contract snub

England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who missed out on a central contract in Test matches, has decided to take a short break from red-ball cricket.However, he has retained his white-ball contract suggesting he is still a key figure in both the ODI and T20I set-up for England.

The development means that the all-rounder will not be available for selection for England’s upcoming Test tour to New Zealand.

Speaking to The Guardian, Moeen said: “I do feel I need a break from the longer format but not a massive one. We will see what happens after the New Zealand series. This could be just what I need.

“It’s disappointing to miss out on a central contract but I’m also pretty chilled about it. Cricket has never been about the money for me. I have always relied on my faith and believe that everything will work out fine.”

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