Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Moeen Made Available For Three More One-Day Cup Matches

Moeen Made Available For Three More One-Day Cup Matches

Worcestershire Rapids have received a massive boost with Moeen Ali made available by England for THREE more of their Royal London One-Day Cup North Group matches.

Moeen has already played in the opening two victories in the competition against Notts Outlaws and then Leicestershire Foxes when he top-scored with 90.

He has been withdrawn from tomorrow's game away to Northamptonshire Steelbacks after originally being cleared to play.

But the 29-year-old has been given the green light to play in the away clash with Lancashire Lightning on May 10 and the home games with Warwickshire on May 12 and Durham on May 14.

Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "It is terrific news that Mo has been available by England for another three One-Day Cup matches.

"He is an international class player who is always welcomed back by us and is very popular with his team-mates.

"His 90 against Leicestershire in our last group game was a top class knock and set us up for a substantial total."

The plan is also for all of the Test squad to play in the day-night round of County Championshiop matches from June 26-29, allowing them to gain experience of the pink Dukes balls that will be used for the historic day-night Investec Test against West Indies at Edgbaston from August 17-21.

Worcestershire take on Durham at the Emirates Riverside during that four-day period.

Andrew Strauss, the director, England cricket, said: “This was always going to be a difficult summer in terms of managing the workload on our England players, with such a hectic schedule including the Champions Trophy as well as seven Tests, followed by an equally busy winter in Australia and New Zealand.

“We also have Lions matches against South Africa and South Africa A as part of the reciprocal arrangements which allow our future England players to gain valuable experience overseas in the winter.

“We appreciate all of this causes disruption for counties and frustration for their supporters, and we are grateful to them for seeing the big picture in appreciating the need for us to ensure that key players remain in the best possible condition for the challenges ahead.

“All these decisions are taken after consultation with the players, and I know they will be pleased to have the opportunity to play in some important Royal London One-Day Cup matches next week, and then in the Specsavers County Championship later in May and June.”