Moeen Ali is one of England’s crucial players in the white-ball cricket. The player’s ability to tackle and take on spinners as well as produce wickets with his spin bowling has played a huge part in the World Cup victories of the team. In order to elongate his limited-overs career, Moeen Ali had retired from test cricket in 2022. However, the spin all-rounder now feels that playing too much of cricket has become tiring at his age.

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India is to host the ODI World Cup later this year. While Moeen Ali has not explicitly mentioned that he will not play ODIs, he has dropped hints that the ODI World Cup might be his last. The all-rounder has earlier as well raised his voice regarding the loss of interest in the ODI format as well as the packed scheduling in international cricket. Speaking on talkSport2 ahead of the third and final T20I against Bangladesh, Ali said he is keen to play in the 2023 World Cup and win it but doesn’t see himself continuing in that format.

Fifty overs does get harder the older you get: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali Hints ODI Retirement Post World Cup 2023
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“I don’t set a lot of goals, but I want to play that World Cup, be a part of that World Cup, and hopefully win that World Cup, and then we’ll see. I’m not saying I will retire or I’m not saying I won’t retire. Another seven or eight months at 35 is a lot. I haven’t decided but I have sort of an idea of what I want to try and do. Fifty overs does get harder the older you get, it’s not easy to field and for sure it makes sense that I’ll do that,” Moeen Ali added.

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Moeen Ali further added that players like Will Jacks and Liam Livingstone will be a good fit for the team in the 50-overs format. The all-rounder is currently in Bangladesh playing the third T20I, the team has already lost the series. Speaking about the ODI World Cup this year, Jofra Archer’s addition to the team will boost their morale. Similar to Moeen Ali giving up tests, Ben Stokes who played a crucial role in the 2019 World Cup victory had retired from the ODIs. The England Cricket Board going ahead might try to ask him to take his retirement back just for the tournament.

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