Moeen Ali reacts to Alex Hales and Adil Rashid's white-ball cricket decision

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England all-rounder Moeen Ali believes his teammates Adil Rashid and Alex Hales have made a good decision to focus solely on the limited-overs format in cricket for the upcoming county season. 

Rashid announced he will only play white-ball cricket for Yorkshire during 2018 last week and was shortly followed by opener Hales, who has signed a new white-ball only contract keeping him at Nottinghamshire for the next two years.

It has drawn plenty of criticism from former players and pundits but Ali insists it is actually a positive step.

"It will be great for England long term," Moeen told BBC's Test Match Special.

"We're going to have real specialists and it's something a lot of players will probably do further down the line."

Leg-spinner Rashid has played 59 ODI's and 28 T20 matches for England while the most recent of his 10 Test appearances came against India in 2016. 

Likewise, Hales has featured in 11 Tests and averages 27.28 but has hardly had a look-in since facing Pakistan two years ago.

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Although Ali believes both Rashid and Hales could still contribute for England in Test cricket, their skills could "improve immensely" if they only focused on the shorter formats. 

"It's something they feel they probably need to do to play round the world and in all the tournaments as much as they can," he added.

England begin their five-match ODI series against New Zealand on Feb 25 and is scheduled go through till March 10 before the first Test commences on March 22. 


Moeen struggled during the comprehensive 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia over the winter, with the bowler bagging just five wickets in as many matches at an average of 115. 

However, the 30-year-old's form improved during the 4-1 ODI victory over the Aussies in January before the decision was taken that he would be rested for the T20 tri-series. 

Ali added: "I needed a bit of a break from the game mentally and physically and to just switch off but now I'm ready to go."

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