Ali and Finn to miss first two matches of tour

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Eng­land all-rounder Moeen Ali and fast bowler Steven Finn will miss their first two matches of their tour of Aus­tralia be­cause of in­juries, the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board said yes­ter­day.

The pair will miss the warm-up games against Western Aus­tralia XI and Cricket Aus­tralia XI, af­ter Ali suf­fered a side strain and Finn a knee in­jury.

Finn, who re­placed Ben Stokes in the tour­ing squad, will be mon­i­tored by the Eng­land med­i­cal depart­ment and a fur­ther de­ci­sion on his fit­ness will be made at that time. Ali is ex­pected to re­turn to full fit­ness by mid-Novem­ber ahead of their tour match in Tows­nville start­ing Novem­ber 15th.

The first of the five-Test Ashes se­ries starts in Bris­bane on Novem­ber 23rd.

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