Joe Root Regrets He Didn’t Do More To Help Moeen Ali Get The Appreciation He Deserves After Retiring
‘There are things I’ll regret if I didn’t do it differently’: England captain Joe Root insists he could have done more to give Moeen Ali the credit he deserves after retirement from Test all-rounder
- English all-rounder Moeen Ali has said goodbye to Test Match cricket
- The 34-year-old made his Test debut in 2014 and went on to play 64 times
- During that time he took 195 Test wickets and scored five centuries of Test matches
- Moeen wants to focus on enjoying his cricket while extending his career
- The star player will still represent England at next month’s T20 World Cup
Joe Root believes he could have done more as England captain to ensure Moeen Ali received the full credit his testing career deserves.
Root paid tribute to Moeen on Monday, who has confirmed his retirement from Test after 64 games netting him nearly 3,000 runs and nearly 200 wickets from his off-spin.
But the England captain also admitted he could have handled a player better who suffered from his versatility and dedication to the team, particularly when he was regularly shuffled in batting order.
Joe Root believes he could have done more as England captain for Moeen Ali . to assist
“I think he was undervalued at times,” Root said. Not in the locker room, but outside. “I’m sure I’ll remember a lot of great times, but when I’m done as a captain there are things I’ll regret if I didn’t do something else.”
Chief among those regrets is the way England handled Moeen in 2019 when, despite taking more test wickets than anyone in the world in the past 12 months, he was dropped after just one poor performance against Australia at the start. of the Ashes.
Moeen, 34, who had lost his place in the one-day squad earlier that summer during the triumphant World Cup campaign, asked for a short break from Test cricket but then saw England withdraw their entire central contract. It turned out, despite a few false dawns since then, to be the beginning of the end of his red ball career in England.
Moeen made a total of 64 Test appearances for England after making his debut in 2014
“That broke me a bit,” Moeen told The Guardian on Monday. “I played a bad game, yes, and was deservedly dropped. I don’t mind getting dropped if you don’t play well.
“I look back and it’s no excuse, but by the end of the World Cup I wasn’t playing. We then had a Test against Ireland where I barely bowled and then we just had two days of indoor training for the Ashes because it was raining so much. I felt like I was at the peak of my bowling at the time, but I didn’t get the preparation I needed.”
Rather than ponder what he could have done differently to help Moeen, Root instead praised a key cricketer who will continue to play in England white-ball formats as well as domestic and franchise cricket.
“He has achieved some great things in Test cricket and he is one of the great guys to play with,” added the England captain. “He has also been a great role model and I hope that after what he has done there will be many young boys and girls who want to follow in his footsteps. He will be a huge loss to us and Test cricket.’