No rush for Moeen Ali to return, as England is preparing Matt Parkinson for the third spinner for tour to Sri Lanka with test team announced on Tuesday
- England travels to Sri Lanka for a two-test series that will take place in March
- Moeen Ali is unlikely to appear when his self-imposed exile from Tests continues
- England will instead rely on the unprotected Lancashire spinner Matt Parkinson
Moeen has been told to take his time for his comeback in the test, with England expecting to name uncut Matt Parkinson as their third spinner for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Moeen remains in conflict about ending his self-imposed exile and tells that the all-rounder of the Multan Sultans was not among the six international withdrawals announced by the Pakistan Super League on Saturday, while the selectors from England put their squadron up for a fight. the finalizing were series that clash with the fifth edition of the competition that starts on February 20.
“If we give Mo some time now, respect his wishes and support him in the long term, then we can have him back longer,” said coach Chris Silverwood in England.
Matt Parkinson is set for England during their tour to Sri Lanka in March
The 32-year-old has given no indication as to when he could resume a test career with 181 wickets after he had chosen to step back after being dropped in favor of Jack Leach during the Ashes last summer.
Leach and Somerset team-mate Dom Bess took the front-line role against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in his absence, but England wants to reintegrate Ali for the five-Test tour of India in early January.
“We want all the ammunition that we can get if we go to such places,” Silverwood added. “Mo is and still will be a very valuable asset for the test side.
“We have Bess, Leach and Parky and Mo when he is ready to come back, it really gives us a lot of headaches.”
All-rounder Mooen Ali is likely to continue his extended test cricket break
Lancashire Parkinson’s has found a first winter as a complete international challenge, but he has nevertheless been involved in all formats.
His selection, before Surrey off-spinner Amar Virdi, would give Joe Root a leg-spin option to complement his right and left arm finger spinners.
England will call a 16-person team on Tuesday – 17 if they take the recovering James Anderson – who wants to cover all types of conditions and surfaces.
They are still not sure which locations to expect in Sri Lanka less than 18 months after securing a 3-0 whitewash there, and they have never played a test at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Ali initially lost his place to Jack Leach after the first test of the Ashes series last summer
Silverwood also said that England should be “smart with how we handle our possessions” regarding Jofra Archer, after the fast bowler was sidelined for three months with a tension fracture of his right elbow.
Silverwood suggested that the dream scenario is to run Archer, Mark Wood and a third bowler that can generate a speed of 90 km / h while limiting the length of their spells.