Moeen Ali, an allrounder for England, has been reinstated to the Test squad ahead of the second Test against India, which starts on Thursday at Lord’s (August 12). Moeen, who has been leading Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred, is set to join the squad on Tuesday and might make an immediate impact in the starting XI.

The hosts are without Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, and as England went with four seamers and skipped spinner Jack Leach.

Even though Moeen has only played one first-class match in the last 23 months, he has been in excellent form in white-ball cricket. England may now play a spinner without sacrificing their batting. On Monday night, he hit a 23-ball half-century for Birmingham Phoenix, and he has led the team to the top of the table.

He last played a Test in February, also against India in the second Test in Chennai, he took eight wickets, although he came home after that as part of England’s rest and rotation programme.

Meanwhile, his record against India on home turf is particularly noteworthy. In seven prior matches between 2014 and 2018, he took 31 wickets at 22.22, including a nine-wicket haul performance at the Ageas Bowl following his mid-series recall in 2018.

Moeen has also scored five Test centuries in his career, the most recent of which came against India in December 2016 and was the second of his two in that winter’s trip. His most recent Test innings came in February, when he scored a hard-hitting 43 off 18 balls from No. 9 in the final stages of England’s defeat in Chennai.