‘I was a made a scapegoat for England’s Test defeats,’ says Moeen Ali

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• All-rounder claims he was an easy target after poor results
• ‘If we lose I feel I am one of the first guys to get the blame’

Moeen Ali has claimed he was made a scapegoat for England’s Test failings when he was in the side and he is not ready to make his return after taking a break from cricket’s long form.

The all-rounder stepped away from the red-ball game following England’s decision not to renew his central contract last September and has since taken on white-ball commitments around the world. That includes signing a contract to play in the Pakistan Super League, a tournament that overlaps with England’s two-Test series in Sri Lanka in March.

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Written by Chris Stocks in Port Elizabeth
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/16/england-moeen-ali-scapegoat-test-cricket under the title “‘I was a made a scapegoat for England’s Test defeats,’ says Moeen Ali”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.