The Matches left the Test field with 2,214 runs at an average of 2.2.14 in 64 matches.
In addition to his five centuries at bat, Ali has taken 195 wickets through his off-spin bowling at an average of 36.66 since his Test debut in 2014.
“I am 34 now and I want to play as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket,” Ali said.
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“Test cricket is amazing, it’s better than any other format when you have a good day, it’s more productive and you feel like you’ve really earned it.”
Ali had already informed his England captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood of his decision.
“I will not only miss walking with the boys, playing with the best players in the world with a sense of nervousness but also from a bowling standpoint, with my best ball I can get anyone out.
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“I’ve enjoyed Test cricket but sometimes that intensity can be too much and I think I’ve done it enough and I’m happy and satisfied with the way I’ve done it.”
Ali, who has not played much Test cricket since the 2011 Ashes, was recalled for the recent home series against India. He was apparently not comfortable with the thought of being away from family for a long time.
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He made up his mind before sharing the Covid-1 prot protocol with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the Aussie Australia tour.
Ali hopes his Test career will inspire and open the door for other British Muslims to play for England, according to a press release issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“It always takes someone to inspire you or make someone think that if he can do it I can do it and I hope there are some people out there who are thinking about it.
“I know he wasn’t English, but someone like Hashim Amla, when I first saw him, I thought if he could do it, I could do it, it takes a little spark.
“I want to say one day in 10-10 years that Maine made it easy for me. There were some people before me who made it easy, so you hope you open the door for someone else.”
He is currently in the United Arab Emirates, playing for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Ali will continue to play for England in white ball cricket, Worcestershire county cricket and domestic Twenty20 tournaments.
He is in the United Arab Emirates and Oman as part of England’s plans for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Only James Anderson and Stuart Broad took more Test wickets for England during Ali’s time, making Spinner the 12th best wicket-taker in the world during that time.
As a spinner, his best time came between 2017 and 2019. The following summer he took 322 wickets in six Tests against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Ali was only the 15th player in Test history to score 3,000 runs and take 200 wickets when the fifth Test against India was canceled due to the Covid-1 threat.
Playing in every position from No. 1 to No. 9, Ali won his first national election with the bat and in 2016 he showed why so many experts highly valued him, scoring 1078 runs at 46.86 for the calendar year.
Four of the five centuries of his career that year came after he rose to the third highest position in his career in the ICC Test all-rounder rankings.
Ali thanked his coach, captain and all of his family for their support in his Test career.
“Thanks to Peter Moores and Chris Silverwood for being my coaches and Peter for my debut. Cookie and Bread under whom I enjoyed the game and I hope they are happy with the way they have played.
“My parents are my number one. I feel I couldn’t have made it without their support. Every game I played was for them and I know they are really proud of me.”
The spin bowling all-rounder added, “My brother and my sister, in my bad days they took me and my wife and kids, my wife’s sacrifice and her patience first, I am really grateful for that.
“They were all amazing on my journey. What I did I did for them.”