His county team Worcestershire first team coach Alex Gidman confirmed that the off spinner, who is undergoing a rough patch, will play a few county games to get back to form.
“Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect, Gidman said. He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes.
“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us. We saw at Trent Bridge (in the Blast) what he gives to us and we look forward to when he returns soon.”
Speaking about Moeen Ali’s exclusion, England captain Joe Root was very confident of Ali doing well after a short break, and said that he has been a ‘big part of English cricket.’ After all he had played 60 test matches for England, picking up 181 wickets.
“I spent a good while chatting to Mo, making sure he understood where he’s at, and where we’re at in terms of getting him back to his best. We felt it was best for him to play some county cricket, and perform well for Worcestershire,” Root said. “Now, as he proved last summer, coming into that India series having a massive influence on it, there’s no reason why he can’t go back and do the same again, and try and force his way back into the squad.
“You know, he’s been a big part of English cricket and he’s done some fantastic things in a Test shirt. And it’s certainly not the last we’ll see of him, he’s a fine character, a great man and gives so much to this team. I’m sure that it won’t be long until you see him back involved.”