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Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston which the hosts went down by 251 runs in a historic defeat. @ AFP

Moeen Ali has decided to take some time off after he was dropped for the second Ashes 2019 Test at Lord’s which gets underway on Thursday.

Moeen made only four runs in two innings at Edgbaston which the hosts went down by 251 runs in a historic defeat. Add to that, he has reached 50 only once in his last 16 Test innings and has also struggled to make an impact with the ball in the previous series against Australia.

The 32-year-old England allrounder has now made up his mind to go on a short break before he returns to play for Worcestershire. “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,” coach Alex Gidman said on Tuesday.

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“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.”

England captain Joe Root said Moeen, a veteran of 60 Tests, could regain his place. “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,” Root told reporters at Lord’s on Tuesday before Moeen’s break was announced.

“You know, he’s been a big part of English cricket, 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.”

Earlier, Moeen conceded his batting form in Test cricket is an issue going into the series but hoped to play with freedom in the upcoming matches. He has played 59 Tests, averaging close to 30 with the bat. However, in the longer format, he averages around 16 in the last 16 Tests, with only two half-centuries.


“As an all-rounder I can affect every innings of the game but in all honesty, I know my batting has been a problem of late. Given I’ll probably be coming in at No 8, my primary role is with the ball and since returning to the side last summer against India my record has been strong in this department,” he said.