Former English cricketer Graeme Swann said that Moeen Ali coming out of retirement and joining and England squad for the Ashes 2023 is a good move as it’ll make them strong. He said that playing under the leadership of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum will make return easy for the all-rounder.
Moeen Ali surprised many when he took his retirement back and joined the England squad for the Ashes 2023. He was approached by the selectors and skipper Ben Stokes along with head coach Brendon McCullum after Jack Leach was ruled out of the series due to a back injury.
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Graeme Swann feels that Moeen Ali’s presence will extend England’s batting and he will be handy with the ball, considering the number of left-handers in the Australian team. Speaking at the launch of IG’s Net Gains campaign at Lord’s, he said:
“I think it makes us stronger. Which is hard on Jack, because he was doing a good job with the ball. But it extends the batting, which is important. And with all their lefties [Australia are expected to pick four left-handers in their top seven] we’ve got an offspinner bowling at them. Jack does a similar thing every game: he holds an end up and does a job. There are still areas I think he could be better and he does things differently from how I did, but he’s playing a role in a team.
If you’ve got seamers who are attacking all the time – if you’ve got Stokesy’s bouncer theory coming in – then you need a spinner who can go around three an over rather than one going at sixes. It is a loss, but you’ve got Mo, who extends the batting… and they’ve got so many left-handers.”
Ashes 2023: “Fact that Baz and Stokesy are in charge makes it easy for him,” says Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann further went on to say that Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum would’ve already given Moeen Ali a license to express himself. He elaborated:
“The very fact that Baz and Stokesy are in charge makes it easy for him. They’ve said, ‘You come in and all your positive attributes are what we’re after’ – none of the hang-ups of anything that has happened before.
“I’m sure he’s just been given a licence to run up and bowl, and spin it as hard as he can, and bat the way he can. I’m glad to see him back: he’s still brilliant. I watched him in the IPL. He’s mercurial, sure, but he’s still a brilliant talent.”
Overall in 64 Tests that he has played, Moeen Ali has scored 2,914 Test runs and has 195 wickets.