England test squad captain Joe Root has apologized to Moeen Ali for the comments he made during a press conference after facing a humiliating defeat against India in the 2nd Test match & it was revealed that Moeen will head back home.
However in a press conference after the end of the test match, Joe Root ended up saying that the all-rounder chose to go back home with two tests still remaining against India. However in a press conference after the end of the test match, Root said that Moeen Ali chose to go back to England with two tests still left against India.
“Moeen has chosen to go home. It’s obviously been a very tricky tour for him. As mentioned at the start, if players feel like they need to get out of the bubble, then that”s been an option,” Root had said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“With Moeen it wasn”t more asking if he wanted to stay, it was a decision he had chosen.” However according to ESPNcricinfo’s report Moeen Ali was going to return England after playing first two tests against India & this is all a part of ECB’s rotation policy.
Due to ECB’s rotation policy Jos Butler went back to England after playing the first test match. Jonny Bairstow also missed the first two Tests against India as per the rotation policy. Joe Root’s comments created a storm on social media where fans started to criticize Moeen Ali for going back to England with the test series hanging in the balance.
After looking at fans anger on social media, Root went up to Moeen Ali in the team hotel & apologized for his comments. As per ESPNcricinfo’s report Moeen Ali has accepted Root’s apology & he will be going back to home on a good note.
Moeen played the second Test of the ongoing series against India. He managed to take eight wickets in the match and scored 43 runs in the second innings. But the heroics of Moeen Ali went in vain as England suffered a huge defeat in 2nd Test & the series is levelled at 1-1. The off-spinner had tested positive for COVID-19 when England toured Sri-Lanka in January & he did not participate in any test matches there.
Moeen Ali was also not a part of first test against India. India and England will now play in the third Test, which will be a day-night contest, set to begin on February 24 at the Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad.