English Test skipper Joe Root has apologized to Moeen Ali for his comments at a press conference after the visitors stumbled to a 317-run defeat against India in the second Test. The England squad was named for the third and fourth tests after the result of the second test, and it was revealed that Moeen will be returning home. However, in a press conference following the conclusion of the test, Root said the all-rounder chose to go back home with two more tests against India.
“Moeen has chosen to go home. Obviously it has been a very difficult tour for him. As was said at the start, if players feel they need to get out of the bubble, that has been an option” Root said. during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
“He no longer had to ask Moeen if he wanted to stay, it was a decision he had made.”
According to a report in ESPNcricinfoMoeen has always been scheduled to return home after the first two Tests against India and this is all part of the ECB’s rotational policy.
This rotation policy has seen Buttler return home after the first Test. Jonny Bairstow also missed the first two Tests against India under the rotational policy.
Root’s comments caused quite a stir on social media, with fans beginning to criticize Moeen for going home with the Test series at stake.
Seeing how his comments were received, Root went to Moeen at the team hotel and apologized.
Moeen has also accepted this apology from Root and he will return home in a good manner, he reported ESPNCricinfo
Moeen played the second Test of the running series against India. He managed to grab eight wickets in the game, scoring 43 runs in the second innings.
The visitors stumbled on a heavy defeat in the second Test and the series is tied at 1-1.
The off spinner tested positive for COVID-19 when England toured Sri Lanka in January and he didn’t play any tests there.
He also did not appear in the first test against India.
India and England now play in the third Test, which will be a daytime and evening game, starting February 24 at Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad.
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