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England all-rounder Moeen Ali to take a break from cricket

  • England spinner Moeen Ali was dropped after a poor performance in the opening test in Edgbaston
  • Left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been named in the squad in his place for the test at Lord’s
  • Moeen Ali has played 60 test matches since making his debut in 2014 with 181 wickets to his name.

England all-rounder Moeen Ali will take a “short break” from cricket after being dropped from the squad to face Australia in the second Ashes Test this week.

Ali was dropped after a poor performance in the opening test in Edgbaston where he picked up only three wickets in two innings (1-42 and 2-130) and did not score more than four runs.

Left-arm spinner Jack Leach has been named in the squad in his place for the test at Lord’s.

“Being part of a World Cup-winning squad in England – no one else has achieved that, then, unfortunately, he was left out of the Test squad.

“Mo has been in and out of that team and no-one else knows what that feels like”.

“We’ll be ready for Mo when he wants to play again and we’ll have discussions with both him and the ECB and support him and be here for him so that he can push as hard as he can to get his England spot back.”

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