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Moeen Ali Keen to Return to International Cricket in the Near Future

Many cricket fans were left shocked by Moeen Ali's decision to take a 'short break' from cricket in August 2019, and although the all-rounder's recent form had been patchy, many believed that he still had an important role to play for England. The 32-year old has recently admitted that he has missed the thrill of the international game and that he is currently in talks with Chris Silverwood and Joe Root about the possibility of making his return in the spring.

Ali's hiatus was curtailed in December with the news that he'd been selected to represent the Multan Sultans in the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League alongside James Vince and Ravi Bopara. However, he is yet to return to the International game and didn't feature in England's recent 3-1 series success over South Africa.

Although poor form led to the left-handed batsman being dropped for the second Ashes Test, he has represented his country in all formats of the game and is an incredibly useful asset to have in the squad. Since making his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2014, he's managed to take 181 test wickets and boasts a batting average of 28.97. He made 48 runs in the first innings and wowed England fans with his energy, enthusiasm and accuracy. His performance against India in 2018 was undoubtedly the high point of his International Test career with his 5-63 helping England mount an unlikely comeback in Southampton. He also played a key role in his country's World Cup success last summer. 

He has reportedly joined the limited-overs team in South Africa and is training ahead of the upcoming ODI series, which gets underway at the beginning of February. He will be hoping to work his way back into the fold ahead of a busy twelve months which includes a Test Series against the West Indies and the T20 World Cup in October. Ahead of the latter, England have been priced up at 9/2 in the latest cricket betting for success down under with the tourists ranked as third favourites behind India and Australia.

Although he's recently admitted that he considered quitting the long form of the game altogether, he now appears to be refreshed, revitalised and ready to return. Although the lifestyle of an international cricketer is often portrayed as a glamorous one, it does have 

the tendency to take its toll on a number of players and being away from your family for long periods of time is far from an ideal situation. Moeen Ali isn't the first England representative to self-exclude himself from the set-up, with Graham Thorpe, Jonathan Trott and Marcus Trescothick opting to take time away from the game over the last couple of decades.

It remains to be seen whether Moeen Ali can recapture the kind of form which saw him named as one of the Cricketers of the Year in 2015. Many fans are unlikely to begrudge the all-rounder being given a second chance and he has already confirmed that he has the backing of his captain. The Birmingham-born star is ready to return and admits that he is willing to fight for his place in the side. England will surely be the beneficiaries of his imminent comeback and many fans are understandably excited about the prospect of seeing him back in action later this year.

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