England all-rounder Moeen Ali has said he has closed the door on a return to Test cricket after an “honest” conversation with coach Brendon McCullum.
Moeen made his Test debut in 2014 and scored 2914 runs and took 195 wickets in 64 Tests at an average of 28.29.
The 35-year-old announced his retirement from the longest format of the game in September last year, but said in June that McCullum had spoken to him about a possible return to the red ball.
England’s Test team will play a three-match series against Pakistan in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi in December, but Moeen said he would not be with them.
Moeen wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Monday: “I’ve had an honest chat with Buzz (McCallum) and I can’t see myself stuck in hotels for another month and playing to the best of my ability.”
He called me again, we talked for a long time and I said, “I’m sorry, I’m done”.
I want to enjoy my cricket and it’s not fair to change my mind and then try to do my best. It’s time to close the doors on that side of my career. Playing 64 Tests for England has been a privilege. And a dream came true.”
England’s Twenty20 vice-captain was in the absence of the injured Jos Buttler in their 4-3 series win over Pakistan and will be a key player in the T20 World Cup in Australia this month.
Moeen: Other teams will be afraid of England
He recently said that teams will fear facing England in the upcoming T20 World Cup after winning their series.
After clinical batting and bowling, England beat Pakistan by 67 runs in the series decider on Sunday.
Mathew Mott’s side were plundered after entering on 209-3, David Malan (78 not out off 47 balls) and Yorkshire teammate Harry Brooke (46 off 29 balls) scoring 108 off the final 61 deliveries of the innings in Lahore.
Pakistan limped to 142-8 in reply, captain Babar Azam (4) after errors in the field – twice dropping catches that should have stuck – dismissed by Chris Woakes (3-26) in the first over of the chase and Muhammad Rizwan was bowled by Rhys Tapley (1) in the second game and the home team lost 5-2.
“We’re really happy to win the series and we’re going to Australia in a really good position, but I don’t think we’re favorites for the World Cup,” Moeen said.
To be honest, I don’t feel that way at all, but I know that we are a very dangerous team to play against and other teams are afraid to play against us. But I still think Australia and India are the two favorite teams.”
We were disappointed at the end because in retrospect I think if we had really worked at it we probably would have won. [the series] 1-6.”
You can watch the T20 World Cup in full on Sky Sports and the tournament starts on October 16.