Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Moeen Named In England Squad For Third Test With India

Moeen Named In England Squad For Third Test With India

Moeen Ali has been named in the England squad for Sunday's third Investec Test with India at the Ageas Bowl.

The Worcestershire all-rounder has played in the opening four Tests of the summer against Sri Lanka and India.

Moeen scored a century against Sri Lanka at Headingley in addition to making several other useful contributions with the bat.

He has also picked up eight wickets in the two Tests against India in his role as part-time spinner.

The England selectors have named a 13 man squad with Lancashire wicket-keeper Jos Buttler replacing Matt Prior.

National selector James Whitaker said: "The result of the second Test at Lord's was very disappointing.

"One or two of our players had encouraging performances. However, it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.

"Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fullydeserves this opportunity.

"Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests.

"He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming month."

England: Cook, Moeen Ali, Anderson, Ballance, Bell, Broad, Buttler, Jordan, Plunkett, Robson, Root, Stokes, Woakes.