England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has said that Moeen Ali is extremely valuable to the white-ball setup and even though the off-spinner was benched during the T20I series.
Moeen Ali warmed the bench throughout the 5-match T20I series against India. (Reuters Photo)
- Moeen Ali was benched throughout the 5-match T20I series against India
- Eoin Morgan has ensured that the off-spinner is still an integral part of the side
- Morgan also clarified that Joe Root was rested from the ODI series and not dropped
Eoin Morgan has opened up about Moeen Ali not getting a go in the recently concluded five-match T20I series in India. England went on to lose the T20I series in the decider 5th T20I and the hosts took away a 3-2 series win.
After each of England’s losses in the 2nd and 4th T20Is, fans questioned the team selection and batted for Moeen Ali’s return. Morgan, addressing the media on Monday (March 22), said that Moeen Ali not getting a game in the 5-match series is only ‘circumstantial’.
When asked if he is still a vital part of the T20I setup, Morgan said: “Yes, I do”.
“Anybody who’s an all-rounder within the side and makes our squad is extremely valuable to our side. I know he’s not played but that’s been circumstantial. The pitches that we’ve played on just have not turned, and that obviously limits the amount of a finger spinner’s contribution,” Morgan said.
“He certainly takes them all in his stride. And I think the little period that Mo spent at home before this series has done a world of good.”
Meanwhile, England have rested Test captain Joe Root for the upcoming 3-match ODI series after the team’s red-ball 3-1 series defeat in the same tour. Earlier, Morgan clarified that Root could also be selected in the squad for the T20 World Cup given his performance in India in the 2016 edition.
“Obviously, losing Joe Root is a massive hole, for a guy who scores at a run-a-ball and averages fifty. He’s an exceptional player and has been for a long time. So we’ll miss him. But it’s just going to be a matter of somebody slotting in at three and going about their own business,” Morgan said about Root.