England all-rounder Moeen Ali on Monday announced he was retiring from Test cricket to focus on his white-ball career, saying the format’s “intensity can be too much sometimes”, reports AFP. The 34-year-old scored five centuries and took 195 wickets in 64 Tests,
including a top score of 155 not out and five five-wicket hauls. But Moeen felt he needed to abandon cricket’s longest format to prolong his career and rekindle his love for the game. “I want to play for as long as I can and just want to enjoy my cricket,” Moeen said. “Test cricket is amazing. When you're having a good day it's better than any other format by far,” he said. Moeen began his Test career batting at number six and offering part-time off-spin, scoring a maiden Test century against Sri Lanka at Headingley in 2014.