Picture Credit: Twitter

Picture Credit: Twitter

Moeen Ali, the English all-rounder, who has made a big return to the Test team ahead of the Ashes series, has shared a hilarious conversation with the captain Ben Stokes on June 13, Tuesday. The 35-year-old cricketer last played a Test match for England at The Oval in London against India in 2021, before going into retirement.

But when Jack Leach, the left-arm orthodox spinner, got injured during a Test match against Ireland at Lord’s in London earlier this June, the English & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) men’s team Managing Director, Rob Key reached out to Moeen Ali about a return to the Test format. After reflecting for a couple of days, the all-rounder decided to join the England team to play Test cricket again.

In the press-conference on Tuesday, Moeen Ali revealed that Ben Stokes sent him a message saying, “Ashes?”, to which he responded, “lol.” The camaraderie between English players ahead of the all-important Test series against Australia, could bode well in their quest to bring the 'Urn' back home once again.

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Notably, the cricketer from Warwickshire, made his Test debut for England at the Lord’s in London against Sri Lanka in 2014. Since then, Moeen Ali has played 64 Test matches, in which he scored 2914 at an average of 28.29 with the bat, including five hundreds. Meanwhile, in the bowling side of things, he picked up 195 wickets at an average of 36.66, including 13 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.

Meanwhile, Rob Key, the Managing Director of England men’s cricket team, also talked about what Moeen Ali brings to the table in their Test setup. He was quoted as saying, “His vast experience, along with his all-round ability, will benefit our Ashes campaign.”