All-rounder Moeen Ali has decided to miss England’s last two tests of the India tour

When he lost the 317 run in the second test in Chennai, his first test since August 2019, he achieved match numbers of 8-226

The 33-year-old contracted coronavirus on a trip to Sri Lanka in January and spent 14 days in isolation

“Moeen has decided to go home It has come to a point where he wants to get out of the bubble,” said Captain Joe Root

“This tour was really difficult for him, he was dealing with Covid and was in his room for so long

“We said at the beginning that if players feel they are coming out of the bubble that would be an option and it is important that we stand by it”

England has implemented a rotation policy to manage player workload in a busy year This includes 17 possible tests and a Twenty20 World Championship

They are also aware of the well-being of the players who have spent so much time in bio-safe “bubbles” since the coronavirus outbreak

Moeen was recalled for the second test at the expense of off-spinner Dom Bess, one of four changes to the team that won 227 runs in Chennai last week

England’s leading wicket taker James Anderson was rested, wicket keeper Jos Buttler returned after the first test and pace bowler Jofra Archer missed an elbow injury

Archer and Ben Stokes both took tests in Sri Lanka, while Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran and Mark Wood missed the first two tests in India

Moeen took a break from test cricket in 2019 and struggled to regain his place before being recalled for the 2-0 win in Sri Lanka

He ran 4-128 and 4-98 in the second Test against India and his record of 49 runs – including 43 from 18 balls when England’s defeat was confirmed on the fourth afternoon – was more than any other English player

“It wasn’t about us asking Moeen if he wanted to stay. It was a decision he made,” said Root

“We want as many players to be available as long as possible, but we also want them to feel comfortable here

“He feels like he wants to be home with his family and we fully respect that”

While England has switched players for Testing, their roster for the Twenty20 series, which includes five games in India due Jan. March begins at full strength as Eoin Morgan’s squad prepares for the T20 World Cup in India in October

Moeen is on that roster and will also be part of this week’s auction for the Indian Premier League, which runs April through June

Michael Vaughan, who captained England in 51 of his 82 Tests, told the Test Match Special Podcast: “This year is about winning the ashes I know there is a T20 World Cup, but for English cricket is about getting those ashes back

“Certainly the test team prefers the T20 team. They should all put their eggs in the basket to make sure they are a team that played a lot of cricket together by the time they arrive in Australia”

Moeen wasn’t having a great time but he stood on his side again and scored a few runs, sweetly hit the ball at the end and took some wickets. Now he’s going home

Joe Root and management made it clear at the start of the tour that if a player wants to go home, if a player wants to go home, this has always been part of the business so you can’t turn around to Moeen and say, “You don’t go home”

It’s just a really difficult situation Moeen got stuck in a room in Sri Lanka for about 10 days after testing positive so it obviously wasn’t going to be easy for him. It will have been a tough decision for him

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