England captain Joe Root has apologized to Moeen Ali for his statement that the all-rounder has opted to return home after the second Test against India, when in fact It is part of the rotation policy of the national team.
Moeen, who took eight wickets in the second Test match in Chennai and scored 43 off 18 balls in the second innings, followed the original plan and decided to return to the UK on a 10-day sabbatical. This was Moin’s first match since Ashes 2019.
According to the ‘Mirror’ newspaper report, Root apologized to Moin at the team hotel for his statement of ‘choosing to return home’. Some other UK newspapers have also published similar reports.
Root said after the 317-run defeat in England’s second match on Tuesday in Chennai, “Moeen has opted to return home.” We made it clear in the beginning that if the players feel that they want to get out of the bio safe environment then they have the option.
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Jose Moe Butler, who played all formats like Moin, returned home after the first Test and will return to India for the limited overs series. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer were recently rested in Sri Lanka tour. Former cricketers were strongly criticized for not keeping Jonny Bairstow in the squad for the first two Tests against India. He was also rested after the tour of Sri Lanka. Bairstow is now in India for the last two Tests.