Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Moeen Not Included In England Tour Squad But May Still Play A Part

Moeen Not Included In England Tour Squad But May Still Play A Part

Moeen Ali has not been included in England's squad for the three Test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean next month – but may still play a part in the latter stages of the tour.

The Worcestershire all-rounder suffered a grade one abdominal tear in his left side while while bowling his off spin during the World Cup Pool A match against Bangladesh in Adelaide nine days ago.

Moeen was able to bat but missed the final Pool A game against Afghanistan because of the injury after scans revealed the extent of the setback.

The injury was reassessed on his return to England.

An ECB media release says: "The selectors will continue to monitor his recovery and rehabilitation and may consider including him in the squad for the latter stages of the tour."

Moeen had played in England's last seven Tests and had filled the spinning role left vacant by Graeme Swann's retirement with 22 wickets including a match-winning 6-63 against India at the Ageas Bowl in addition to making valuable runs batting chiefly at number six.

He had also played in England's last 19 One-Day Internationals before missing the Afghanistan encounter, opening the batting in 17 of those games and scoring two centuries, and bowling economically.

It was against the Windies that he made his international debut last February, playing in three ODIs and two T20 internationals.

Included in the England squad are six Yorkshire players in Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett which means they will not be available for the opening LV = County Championship clash against Worcestershire at New Road starting on April 12.

The England selectors have announced a 16-man squad captained by Alastair Cook.

The Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott, who captained England Lions on their recent tour of South Africa, returns to the squad after an 18-month absence from the international scene.

There are also three uncapped players in the squad, Lyth and Rashid and the Durham pace bowler Mark Wood.

Chris Woakes has also been ruled out of the West Indies tour through injury but is expected to be available for selection when England take on New Zealand in a two-match Investec Test series at home in May.

Commenting on the squad, National Selector James Whitaker said: “This series marks the start of a busy period of Test Match cricket for the England team and I am sure that Alastair and the players will all be keen to build on the success they enjoyed last summer against India.

“Jonathan Trott produced some outstanding performances for Warwickshire last summer scoring five centuries and also made an unbeaten double hundred during the recent successful England Lions tour. He is a player of proven international pedigree and we are delighted to welcome him back into the squad.

“Adam, Adil and Mark are all players who have performed impressively over the last 12 months and they will now have an opportunity to push for a regular place in the Test side’s starting line-up.”

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (Essex) captain James Anderson (Lancashire) Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire) Gary Ballance (Yorkshire) Ian Bell (Warwickshire) Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Chris Jordan (Sussex) Adam Lyth (Yorkshire) Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire) Joe Root (Yorkshire) Adil Rashid (Yorkshire) Ben Stokes (Durham) James Tredwell (Kent) Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire) Mark Wood (Durham).

Tour Itinerary: April 6-7 – 2-day warm-up, St Kitts April 8-9 – 2-day warm-up, St Kitts April 13-17 – 1st Test SVRS, Antigua April 21-25 – 2nd Test Grenada National Stadium, Grenada May 1-5 – 3rd Test Kensington Oval, Barbados.