Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Moeen Fitness On The Agenda As England Selectors Choose Windies Squad

Moeen Fitness On The Agenda As England Selectors Choose Windies Squad

Moeen Ali's fitness will be on the agenda when the England selectors meet today (Tuesday) to finalise the squad for the three Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean next month.

The Worcestershire all-rounder suffered a grade one abdominal tear in his left side while bowling his off-spin during the pivotal World Cup group match against Bangladersh in Adelaide which sealed England's fate.

Moeen later came out to bat in his normal opening role but missed the dead rubber final match against Afghanistan because of the injury after scans revealed the extent of the setback.

The 27-year-old is being assessed again on his return to England before the squad is finalised and then publicly announced.

Moeen has become an integral part of England's Test side since making his debut in the longer format of the game in the two match series with Sri Lanka in the early part of last summer.

He only picked up three wickets in those games but scored his maiden Test century in almost saving the game at Headingley on the final day.

It was with the ball that he made the biggest impact against India with 19 wickets in five Tests including a match-winning 6-63 at the Ageas Bowl.

He has helped England to fill the void left by Graeme Swann's retirement mid-way through last winter's Ashes Series Down Under.

The selection panel of James Whitaker, Angus Fraser, Mick Newell and head coach Peter Moores have to decide whether to select a less than 100% fit Moeen or enable him to regain full fitness for the home series with New Zealand and then the Ashes return.

Moeen had played in 19 successive One Day Internationals before missing the Afghanistan encounter.