Moeen Ali says the 'door is open' for an England Test return after Brendan McCullum talks

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Moeen Ali says the 'door is open' for him to return to Test cricket following an offer from new coach Brendon McCullum. Moeen, 34, announced his decision to quit the Test arena last year following 64 caps for England. At the time he revealed the intensity had become too much for him and he felt like he was 'done' with it. However, McCullum and Moeen Ali played together at the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the New Zealander is confident he can tempt the all-rounder back into the fold. And after receiving an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, Moeen says he is open to the possibility of a comeback. "Baz (McCullum) messaged me asking if I was 'in'. We've had a chat and maybe in the future, potential tours or whatever, who knows? "I have played with him in the Indian Premier League and really enjoyed the way he works.

"We spoke and he mentioned potentially, in the future, if there is a tour - or whenever, really - would I be available? I said 'Call me at the time'. We'll see - if and when he calls me, we'll chat.

England coach Brendon McCullum during a press conference at Lord's, London.
England coach Brendon McCullum during a press conference at Lord's, London.

"The door is open. It's always exciting when there is a new chapter and you would like to be a part of it. "We had the same after the 2015 World Cup - what role you can play? "In the white-ball stuff, it didn't matter who was in the team or for how long, it was just making a difference for England. We'll see." When he retired from the red ball game, rumours circulated that Moeen had decided to quit Test cricket due to being unhappy playing under Joe Root's captaincy. However, he has dispelled those rumours, saying they are essentially nonsense. "I saw stuff about me not enjoying it under Rooty, but I did," he said. "He was always good to me. "As an individual, he's the best I have had. He's a friend of mine and a great guy. When I retired I just found it hard to get going. "I had a few niggles, I was tired, I wasn't enjoying cricket as much as I should."

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