Moeen Ali Targets Return In West Indies Tour
The 27-year-old will play as a specialist batsman in Worcestershire’s two-day warm-up match starting on 8th April and is expected to resume his all-round duties for the club’s county season opener on 12th April.
Revealing the development on his recovery, Ali stated his intent to gain match practice to ensure peak fitness for the West Indies tour.
"I'm hoping to play that game against Yorkshire, prove my fitness and fly immediately afterwards,” said Moeen.
Ali had sustained the side strain during the recently concluded 2015 World Cup and was consequently ruled out of England’s final match of the tournament against Afghanistan.
Despite the England selectors having chosen the squad for the Test series, Ali is likely to return to his slot in the line-up for the second test provided he proves his fitness in the match against Yorkshire.
In the left-hander’s absence, the selectors opted for off-spinner James Tredwell and leg-spinner Adil Rashid as the spin options in the squad.
If Ali manages to get clear the doubts surrounding his fitness, he will fly to the West Indies to join the squad ahead of the second Test that start from 21st April.
Although Ali’s stats as a batsman in Tests aren't great with a batting average of 31.77 his off-spin has proved successful accounting for 22 wickets at an average of 28.09 thereby cementing his position as the leading spinner in the side.
The first Test of the three-match series between England and West Indies will begin on 13th April at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
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