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Ali's Ashes Encore? England Considers Spin Options after Leach's Injury Blow

News of Jack Leach's untimely back injury, which has resulted in him being ruled out of the entire Ashes series​ has dealt a significant blow to England. The left-arm spinner from Somerset incurred this stress fracture during England's victory over Ireland in a one-off Test at Lord's​, leaving Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum scrambling to find a suitable replacement. Leach's career has seen a revitalization under the leadership of Stokes, and his dependable bowling skills will be sorely missed​.

Leach's injury history is a long and painful one, including issues such as Crohn’s disease, concussion, a broken thumb, and even a case of sepsis during England’s tour of New Zealand in 2019.

In the wake of Leach's withdrawal from the Ashes, England is exploring a range of options to fill the spinner's role. One surprising possibility is reaching out to Moeen Ali, asking him to reconsider his recent retirement from Test cricket​. Ali, who stepped away from the Test format in September 2021, was a vital all-rounder for England, known for his skill with both bat and ball, as well as his fielding prowess​.

Despite Ali's past assertions that he was closing the door on his Test career, former Australian captain Michael Clarke suggests that England should seriously consider bringing him back, especially for such a high-stakes series as the Ashes​​. Clarke recognizes the vast gap between county cricket and the pressure of the Ashes, and believes that Ali's experience and versatile skills could provide a crucial advantage for England​. However, Clarke also acknowledges the uncertainty of Ali's willingness to return to the Test format​​.

While England's management and fans alike await a decision on the spinning role, the team will have to adapt quickly to the loss of Leach.

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