Moeen Ali has no issues with Joe Root over the way his departure from England’s Test tour of India was handled, insisting the captain made an “honest mistake” when he said the all-rounder choose to return home. England head coach Chris Silverwood revealed last week that Moeen’s exit ahead of the final two Tests of the India series in Ahmedabad was always planned as part of the rest and rotation policy the side are operating with during a busy year across the formats.
“It was pretty much sorted straight away. Rooty messaged me and rang me straight away. I know him really well and it was an honest mistake. These things happen.” Ali said. “For me, it was done straight away. I think some people can make it a bigger thing than it is. When you are involved it is not that big a deal, really.”
“I made a complete mistake, it was my bad, I got that completely wrong. It wasn’t a true reflection of what had happened and it left it open to interpretation, which was unfair on Moeen.” Root added. “I was very quick to apologise to him. He shouldn’t have been put in that position, so that’s completely my fault.”
“I just wanted to get home really – it was my time and it is about spending time with my family, refreshing and then going back out,” Ali added. “It wasn’t really the rest so much that I needed. I did have a pretty tough tour, having Covid, 14 days [in quarantine] in Sri Lanka and then another six days in India and then not playing the first Test match. I did okay in the second Test but I think I could have and should have bowled a bit better. I think if I had played a bit I would have but a lot went on in that month and a half.”