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Ashes 2017-18: Moeen Ali and Steven Finn to miss two England tour matches

All-rounder Ali is nursing a side strain, while fast bowler Finn injured his left knee while batting in training on Thursday.

Published: 03rd November 2017 08:35 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2017 10:50 AM   |  A+A-

England's pacer Steven Finn. (File Photo | AP)

By AFP

PERTH: Moeen Ali and Steven Finn will miss the first two tour matches of England's Ashes campaign due to injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced today.

All-rounder Ali is nursing a side strain, while fast bowler Finn injured his left knee while batting in training on Thursday.

The pair will miss England's opening match against a Western Australia XI at the WACA in Perth, starting tomorrow, and the four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide starting on November 8.

"Finn will be monitored by the England medical department over the next seven days and a further decision on his fitness will be made at that time," the ECB said in a statement.

"Ali has aggravated his left side. He is expected to return to full training by mid-November ahead of the tour match in Townsville, starting on Wednesday, November 15." England begins their attempt to retain the Ashes in the first Test in Brisbane on November 23.

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