Moeen declares himself fit ahead of first Ashes Test


LONDON: Moeen Ali has declared himself fit ahead of England’s final Ashes warm-up match after recovering from a side strain.
All-rounder Moeen missed the first two tour games due to the issue, which he suffered during a training session at the start of the month.
However, the 30-year-old is available for selection for the four-day match against a Cricket Australia XI, which begins in Townsville on Wednesday, and is confident of being ready for the first Test against Australia from November 23.
“I am good. Just a slight strain on my side from throwing, but I’m good,” Moeen said. It is a bit frustrating obviously, not playing, but also not a bad thing. You get a lot more work done than everybody else behind the scenes.
“I feel like I am ready to play. I can’t wait to spend time in the field. We have got four days of, hopefully, good cricket. I can get a bit of game time in my system and then ready to play, hopefully, at the Gabba.
James Anderson
Meanwhile, speedster James Anderson has been named as England’s Test vice-captain in absence of Ben Stokes, who will miss the series in wake of Bristol street brawl incident. He will be taking over the post for the upcoming Ashes series, reported the Guardian.
Anderson holds the record of most wickets for England in both One Day International (ODI) and Test cricket. The 35-year-old, earlier, said he is open to the position and insisted that he has long held a leadership role within the team with support from former skipper Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad.
Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker with 506 in 129 Tests, will look to add experience to the team, which is already on setback as some of the key players are missing from the squad due to injuries. The team are already missing Stokes, Mark Wood (heel) and Toby Roland-Jones (back), and their fast-bowling stocks are being stretched.