Moeen tipped for Test return

02 April 2018 09:48:32 EST

Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp has faith that all-rounder Moeen Ali will soon be challenging to regain his place in the England Test team.

The 30-year-old was dropped for the second Test match in New Zealand, having previously only missed one game through injury in bringing up a half-century of Test appearances.

He will do everything possible to try and reclaim his Test place and there is no doubt about his ability to be able to do that.

Kevin Sharp

And Sharp has no doubts that Moeen will return to the fold in the near future, despite having endured a difficult winter Down Under.

He told his county's official website: "Moeen has been superb for England during the past four years and made a big impact in all formats of the game.

"Often players go in and out of the side after making their first breakthrough at international level, but Moeen has been an ever-present. He missed just one Test - and that was through injury - in getting to the 50 mark.

"Yes, it has been a challenging winter for him and some other players especially in the Ashes series and for players involved in all formats it has been a very long winter of cricket.

"But knowing Mo, he will do everything possible to try and reclaim his Test place and there is no doubt about his ability to be able to do that."

In addition to his 50 Test outings, Moeen has represented England in 73 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 internationals.

Over three formats the left-hander has scored 4,146 runs and taken 207 wickets with his off-spin.

Meanwhile, Worcs are 1212/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Surrey priced at 1/33 and Nottinghamshire available at 1212/1.

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