Ali and Finn to miss first two matches of tour
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.