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Root made 'honest mistake' over departure comments: Moeen

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Moeen Ali holding a baseball bat in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: England's Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Cameron Bancroft with team mate Joe Root © Reuters/Carl RecineFILE PHOTO: England's Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Cameron Bancroft with team mate Joe Root

(Reuters) - Moeen Ali said England skipper Joe Root had made an "honest mistake" by saying the spinner had chosen to return home midway through the India test series.

Coach Chris Silverwood apologised for the confusion surrounding his departure last week, saying selectors had decided beforehand Moeen would be granted leave before the final two tests to escape life in the bio-secure bubble as part of their rotation policy.

"I know him really well and it was an honest mistake," Moeen told Sky Sports. "It was pretty much sorted straight away.

"I think some people can make it a bigger thing than it is."

Moeen took eight wickets and scored 49 runs in the second test in Chennai which India won by 317 runs to level the four-match series 1-1.

The third test, a day-night contest, will begin in Ahmedabad later on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

24. helmikuuta 2021 6:33:51 Categories: Reuters

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