England all-rounder Moeen Ali is set for a comeback in the Poms last practise match before the Ashes.
Ali was diagnosed with a side strain soon after the tourists arrived in Perth at the start of the month, but after batting and bowling in the nets last week he’s been declared fit.
The all-rounder will give England a much-needed boost ahead of the first Test at the Gabba on November 23.
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Not sure if Moeen Ali or a proud new Dad.. England men’s cricket team are getting to know the locals in Townsville ahead of their 2nd tour match against the CA XI @ABCnorthqld pic.twitter.com/AFXZRtz5T4
— Robert Baird (@rj_baird) November 13, 2017
Since arriving on Australian shores, it’s been a tough slog for the Poms.
Steven Finn has been sent home due to injury and Jake Ball gave a scare last week, straining ligaments in his ankle.
England Coach Trevor Bayliss expects Ball to be fit in time for the first test.
“He should be right in seven to 10 days, he’s fairly confident he’ll be fit for Brisbane,” he said.
“He has a boot on but that’s more precautionary and he has been walking around without it and feels fine.”
The tourists’ dramas aren’t just contained to Australia.
There is still the on-going uncertainty surrounding England’s star player, Ben Stokes, who’s in the UK while a criminal investigation continues.
Stokes is being investigated by police after being caught up in a drunken brawl, at this stage it’s unlikely he’ll be down under for the series.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 13, 2017