Fit Moeen Ali looks forward to Townsville warm-up

Doug Mendoza
November 14, 2017

England all-rounder Moeen Ali believes the tourists do not deserve to labelled underdogs despite a troubled build-up to their Ashes defence, which begins later this month. "It was a bit frustrating not playing but also not a bad thing", he said.

"I actually went for a rub and the physio said I had a slight strain, so I just had to be careful".

"I am good", he told reporters on Monday.

"I feel like I am ready to play and I can't wait to spend time in the field". "We were in trouble a couple of times, so it was a bit of a reality check for us to get back into our game and make sure we're ruthless when we do get the chance and not give it away".

England Coach Trevor Bayliss expects Ball to be fit in time for the first test.

It will be England's last game before the Ashes series opener in Brisbane on November 23.

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Moeen Ali has seen off the first unsafe predator of his maiden Ashes tour, and is out to help tame the hosts' much-hyped bowling attack, too.

"He should be right in seven to 10 days, he's fairly confident he'll be fit for Brisbane", he said. It's something you have to block out. "I'm just going to come out and play like I always do for England and give it my best shot". - AFP, the venue for the second Test which gets underway on December 2.

England's preparations have been hit by the absence of Test vice-captain Ben Stokes, who remains under investigation following a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

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.

"With the Stokesy situation I've probably got to go up the order by one, but my aim as a cricketer is to get up the order as high as I can, maybe push into a role at five or six", said Moeen.

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