Moeen will be huge loss to England: Root

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Joe Root has described Moeen Ali's retirement from Test cricket as a "huge loss" to England and reflected ruefully that the off-spinning allrounder sometimes didn't get the credit he deserved outside the team.

Moeen announced the end of an eventful Test career on Monday, a career filled with highs and lows over the course of seven years and 64 appearances, in which he harvested 2,914 runs at an average of 28.29 and 195 wickets at 36.66.

Derek Underwood and Graeme Swann are the only spinners to have taken more wickets for England than Moeen, a 2015 Ashes winner who took a hat-trick against South Africa in 2017 and had five five-fors and five hundreds.

While he endured a turbulent time in the 2017-18 Ashes tour and was then dropped after a poor display in the 2019 series opener, which started a long spell out the side, Root insisted Moeen was valued in the inner sanctum.

The England captain said on Tuesday: "Mo's career speaks for itself and what he has achieved. He's done some wonderful things in Test cricket and he's been one of the great guys to play alongside.

"He'll be a huge loss. I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing that dressing room with him and we've had so many wonderful memories, on the field and off the field.

"At times, he has been under-appreciated, not within the dressing room but outside of that.

"He's a great personality to have in and around the dressing room, and he's a great brain for younger players to learn from and to feed off.

"But more than anything I just want to wish him well for everything he has got coming up and the rest of his career because he's still going to go on and achieve so many great things, I'm certain of it."

Moeen claimed eight wickets in his only outing in India in the winter but was not considered this summer until the third Test against the same opponents before being named vice-captain ahead of what proved to be his last match.

As the 34-year-old looks towards continuing his cricketing career exclusively in the limited-overs formats, Root heralded Moeen as "a wonderful role model," particularly in the British Asian and Muslim communities.

Root added: "I really hope that off the back of what he has done and achieved in Test cricket there will be so many young boys and girls out there that will be wanting to follow in his footsteps because he's done fabulous things.

"The way he holds himself, the way he carries himself, the way he goes about things is fantastic. He leaves a legacy."

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting