Ashes 2017/18: Steven Finn, Moeen Ali To Miss First Two Warm Up Matches
England’s Ashes preparations have taken a setback, as Moeen Ali and Steven Finn will miss the first two warm-up matches for England before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Steven Finn injured his knee while batting in the nets, as he fell to the ground and then limped off to the dressing room and underwent scans which showed that he would be monitored by the England management for the next seven days and a further decision will be made at that time.
Finn last played a Test for the three lions in October 2016 against Bangladesh. This untimely injury has raised a worrying sign for the English team management as he was brought into the team as a replacement for Ben Stokes. Finn has played 36 Tests for England and has picked up 125 wickets.
On the other hand, Moeen Ali has been completely ruled out of the first two warm-up games against due to a side strain. England plays their warm-up matches against Western Australian XI on Saturday and a four-day warm-up match against CA XI at the Adelaide Oval starting November 8th. However, he will return to training mid-November before their tour match in Townsville commencing November 15th.
Ali has been a significant contributor to England’s success in the recent time. His all-around capabilities helped his team to have tremendous success during the home season. England has gone with just two slow bowlers, the other one being Mason Crane. Moeen Ali is England’s preferred option in the spin bowling department for the upcoming first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane scheduled to begin on 23rd November.
With Moeen Ali out, Garry Balance is the favorite to join Dawid Malan in the middle order in the warm-up games. In the bowling department, Jake Ball and Craig Overton are all set to play in the first warm-up game on the fast and bouncy pitch at WACA. Overton is the favorite to cut the first Test, and England skipper Joe Root said:
“We want to be as ruthless as we can and start as we mean to go on, ‘We want to give guys the opportunity for time in the middle but not at the expense of losing or not being at our best. We want to get in the winning habit so that when the Tests come around we have belief from what we’ve done in warm-ups. Ideally, you try to play your Test team throughout but we might have to manage the workload of the seamers.”
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