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England have added Moeen Ali to the squad for the first-two Ashes Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s, a decision that brings the 35-year-old all-rounder out of Test retirement. Moeen, who had brought the curtains down on his England Test cricket at the end of the 2021 season, was coerced back into the setup following discussions with captain Ben Stokes, head coach Brendon McCullum and Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Rob Key.

“We reached out to Mo (Moeen Ali) early this week about returning to Test cricket,” Key revealed in a statement to the ECB website. “Having had a couple of days to reflect, Mo is excited to join the squad and play Test cricket again. His vast experience, along with his all-round ability, will benefit our Ashes campaign. We wish Mo and the rest of the squad well for the Ashes campaign.”

Updated England squad for the first two Ashes Tests: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Matthew Potts, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Josh Tongue, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Moeen Ali



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