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England all-rounder Moeen Ali signs new five-year Worcestershire deal

The 30-year-old has been at New Road for 11 seasons.

CRICKET 25/10/17 14:11
England all-rounder Moeen Ali signs new five-year Worcestershire deal

Moeen Ali is set to spend the rest of his career with Worcestershire after signing a new five-year contract.

The England all-rounder has committed himself to the county he joined from Warwickshire a decade ago until the end of the 2022 season.

Moeen, 30, said: “It’s happy days. To commit my future and probably the rest of my career to Worcestershire is a fantastic feeling.”

Moeen, who had one year remaining on his current deal, is one of the first names on the England teamsheet and played little for Worcestershire this season as a result.

He only made three County Championship appearances in Worcestershire’s promotion campaign and participated in six one-day matches.

But director of cricket Steve Rhodes believes he is a key figure for the county.

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Rhodes said: “We’ve had some fantastic wins this season – and this is one of them.

“Moeen is our England player and it’s important for us to have an England player. It’s also important for our dressing room, our players, our staff and our members and supporters and everyone involved at the club.

“It sends a message to other clubs that our better players don’t feel the need to be elsewhere.

“He is in such a rich vein of form internationally and on the back of a wonderful season, he is turning himself into one of the best all-rounders in the world in international cricket.

“Whenever he comes back, it gives a big lift to the place. He is such a loyal guy. He knows we were the vehicle that gave him the opportunities to impress people and get selected for England in the first place.”

Moeen will head out to Australia with his England team-mates on Saturday ahead of the Ashes series.