Ali etched his name as the 16th men’s cricketer to achieve the illustrious Test all-rounders’ double of scoring 3,000 runs and taking 200 wickets in Test cricket.
Before the start of the Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Moeen had 200 wickets and 2,977 runs to his credit in Test cricket. During the match, he achieved the milestone of crossing 3,000 Test runs by playing some impressive shots, including back-to-back fours off the bowling of Australia captain Pat Cummins in the 14th over.
“I think we forget what a good young batter Moeen was. Anyone watching a young Moeen growing up would say ‘this lad can bat’. ‘That is the reason he has said he wants to bat at No 3’.
“He will end his career thinking he could have got more Test runs for the ability he has got. He wants to go out there and show the world again that he is a proper, proper batter. I think we forget that because he can frustrate,” said Nasser Hussain, former England captain, on Sky Sports, during lunch break.
Before Ali, 15 men’s Test cricketers, including three from England, became members of the exclusive club of 3000 runs and 200 scalps. They are — Shane Warne, Stuart Broad, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee, Shaun Pollock, Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Daniel Vettori, Chaminda Vaas, Jacques Kallis, Garry Sobers, Shakib Al Hasan, Andrew Flintoff and Chris Cairns.
Ali had retired from Test cricket in 2021, scoring 2,914 runs and taking 195 wickets in 64 matches. But he came out of his Test retirement to play in the ongoing Ashes after left-arm spinner Jack Leach was ruled out of the five-match series due to a stress fracture of the lower back.
(With IANS Inputs)
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