Moeen Ali is aiming for a summer return for England and wants to prove himself after his self-imposed break
- Moeen Ali has had a self-imposed break from Test cricket since the Ashes
- Last week, the 32-year-old resisted the opportunity to participate in the Sri Lanka tour
- But the spinner says he wants to return to the test format this summer
Moeen Ali says he still has a strong desire to prove himself as a test player after a return to the English team this summer.
The 32-year-old currently has a self-imposed break of the traditional international cricket format that extends to the Ashes five months ago and last week resisted the opportunity to travel through Sri Lanka in March to fulfill his obligations in the Pakistan Super League to come.
But the man whose attack of 39 out of 11 balls earned the man of the match award in Friday night’s two-win run over South Africa and set up the decision-maker of today’s Twenty20 series in Centurion, said, “Yes, I am looking to target this summer, for sure.
Moeen Ali says that after his break he still has a strong desire to prove himself as a test player
‘I want to give myself a little more time, enjoy some T20 competitions. A T20 World Cup is coming and I want to give myself as much experience as possible. I didn’t play that much T20 international cricket.
‘I have goals that I still want to hit, especially in Test cricket. So I have a fair amount of T20 cricket in Pakistan and the IPL and then there’s the 100-ball and stuff like that.
“But Test cricket is still the best form of the game and the most difficult, and I want to make sure I will be ready when I return. To prove to myself and other people that I am not a bad test player. “
The 32-year-old got the man from the game against South Africa for scoring 39 out of 11 balls
England used Twenty20s to help their multi-format players on their way to one-day world champions in July.
Now the trend has reversed, with the focus on drilling the best XI for a tilt to become the first country to unite both limited-overs crowns.
“That is what we are hunting. There are players who have won the Ashes and won the 50-over World Cup and this is certainly our goal, “said Moeen.
‘We were so close to India in 2016 and that still hurts us as a team. You look back and think we could have won it, but hopefully we will win the next one. “