Moeen Ali played three County Championship games for Worcestershire in 2016.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes is happy to change a winning team to accommodate England all-rounder Moeen Ali.

Moeen is available for the Championship Division Two match against Northamptonshire, starting on Friday.

And, despite an eight-wicket win over Glamorgan last week, Rhodes confirmed the 29-year-old will be selected.

“Whoever misses out, it’s special circumstances and I think they understand that,” he said.

It is expected to be the only four-day appearance Moeen makes for the county before he resumes international duties.

“We love having Mo in our side – he’s a wonderful character,” Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester.

“His attitude is brilliant when he comes back to play for us and he’s a great cricketer.”

Moeen played three Championship matches for Worcestershire last summer, scoring 273 runs at an average of 91, but only taking one wicket with his off-spin.

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