With all-rounder Ben Stokes almost already out for the series due to his recent ongoing controversies, things just have taken a turn for the worst for England. They’ve suffered a double injury blow ahead of their first Ashes tour warm-up match, with all-rounder Moeen Ali and pacer Steven Finn set to undergo scans to determine the extent of their injuries.
On Thursday (November 2), Finn hurt his left knee while batting in the nets during England’s training session at Richardson Park in Perth. He fell to the ground in agony, limping off to the change rooms. On the other side, Moeen was struggling with a sore left side strain and didn’t take part in the training session at all.
The all-rounder has already been ruled out of England’s two-day tour opener against a Western Australia XI side on Saturday (November 4). With the first Test exactly three weeks away, England are sweating over Moeen’s fitness. Without him, England’s slow bowling stocks are almost zero, with uncapped leggy Mason Crane the only spinner in the squad.
Finn sshould be feeling extremely unlucky after being a late inclusion into the touring party. Earlier in the week, Finn had publicly stated that he hoped the Ashes would kick start his test career, having not played the longest format for more than a year.
Meanwhile, Mark Stoneman, England’s 30-year-old opener, said he was excited about the daunting Ashes challenge: “I think I’ve got a natural flow to my game, and I’m always looking to score. Hopefully, that can take pressure off Cookie if I’m playing well. I don’t think it rests just on myself and Cookie at the top of the order but, generally, the momentum will start there”.