February 16 (Reuters) – England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali must return home to reunite with his family and miss the third test against India in Ahmedabad, skipper Joe Root said on Tuesday.
Moeen took eight wickets and scored 49 points in the second test in Chennai, which India won by 317 points to tie the four-game series 1-1 earlier in the day. A 33-year-old man, who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the Sri Lanka series last month, felt he had spent enough time in a biosecurity “ bubble ”, Root said.
“Moeen has chosen to return home. He obviously feels he wants to be with his family and we have to respect that,” he added.
“It’s been a tough tour for him. He’s got to a point where he feels he needs to get out of the bubble. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision.”
Quick pitcher Jofra Archer, who missed the second test with an elbow injury, will return for game three while batsman Jonny Bairstow and pacemaker Mark Wood are also back after being rested for the first two tests .
Top notch batsman Zak Crawley also returns to the squad after missing the first two games with a wrist injury and quick pitcher James Anderson has also been included.
The third test, a day and night competition, will take place at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad from February 24.
Squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.