Moeen Ali is taking a short break from action after a hectic and high intensity period of international cricket before returning to play for Worcestershire

He has been a virtual ever present for his country in all formats of the game since making his international debut five and a half years ago – a combined total of 186 matches.

Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “Mo is spending a little time away from the middle recharging his batteries and putting in some quality practice time which he feels he needs, and we completely respect.

“He has had an intense schedule of international cricket involving the ICC World Cup and the start of the Ashes.

“Mo loves playing for Worcestershire and he gives a lift to everyone in the dressing room when he comes back and plays for us.

“We saw at Trent Bridge (in the Blast) what he gives to us and we look forward to when he returns soon “