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Ashes: England’s Moeen Ali fit to play third tour game

England’s Moeen Ali says he has overcome his side strain and is ready to play his first Australian tour match in Townsville starting on Wednesday. Ali missed England’s opening two warm-up games. “I am good. It’s just a slight strain on my side from throwing. It was a bit frustrating but also not a bad thing, you get a lot more work done,” he said. “I feel like I am ready to play and I can’t wait to spend time in the field.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali

We have got four days of cricket ahead. I can get a bit of game time in my system and then be ready to play, hopefully, at the Gabba,” he added. This warm-up game is England’s last game before the Ashes series-opener in Brisbane starting on November 23.

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