Root admits Ali regrets as "under-appreciated" star announces Test retirement

Joe Root has admitted that England could have handled Moeen Ali better, after the all-rounder announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Ali took 195 wickets and scored 2,914 runs in 64 Test appearances, with Graeme Swann and Derek Underwood the only spinners to have taken more Test wickets for England.

However, Ali's versatility worked against him at times as he batted in every position from 1-9, with Ben Stokes' emergence seeing him nail down the number six spot as England's premier all-rounder.

And Root admitted there are things he "could have done slightly differently" when paying tribute to Ali.

He said: "It goes without saying that Mo’s career speaks for itself and what he has achieved, he’s done some wonderful things in Test cricket and he’s been one of the great guys to play alongside.

"He’ll be a huge loss. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing that dressing room with him and we’ve had so many wonderful memories, on the field and off the field.

"At times he has been under-appreciated, not within the dressing room but outside of that.

"There are a number of things I’ll look back on when I’m finished as captain, that I could look back on with regret, that I could have done slightly differently.

"The one thing I will say is when Mo has played, he’s been brilliant.

"Of course, there might have been times we could have done things slightly differently, but I could say that about a lot of things.

"He’s a great personality to have in and around the dressing room, and he’s a great brain for younger players to learn from and to feed off.

"But more than anything I just want to wish him well for everything he has got coming up and the rest of his career because he’s still going to go on and achieve so many great things, I’m certain of it."

Reflecting on his career, Ali said: "Stokesy turned out to be an amazing player but I sometimes feel, maybe, that could have been me if I was given a bit more of a run [at number six].

"But it’s fine. I didn’t always have the temperament or the technique."

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