Moeen Ali seen with Joe Root (r)    Getty Images
Moeen Ali seen with Joe Root (r) Getty Images

Already trailing 0-1 against Australia, England team were in for some bad news heading into second Ashes 2017-18 Test. Skipper Joe Root indicated that Moeen Ali could be left out of the historic day-night Ashes Test at Adelaide. Moeen suffered a cut on his index finger at Gabba. Root did mention about Moeen playing as a specialist batsmen.

Root speaking about Moeen said: We ll have another look at things after practise and see how he is then and see if there s any more damage to it and then we ll have to make a decision from there.

On Moeen role in the side

His batting s been a huge part of our team for a long period of time now so I think he would still play as a batter. He s a top class batter and he s someone who has the potential to go on and become one of the best batters in the world.

On playing Mason Crane

I think we ll have to look at the situation with Moeen, see how bad it is, look at the conditions but it s definitely not out of the question.

On Alastair Cook’s form

Cookie is a world-class act. He s scored over 11,000 test runs, he s been one of our most consistent performers for over 10 years. He s not had the ideal start to the series, but … I m not going to lose any sleep over him.

I m pretty sure that during this series he s going to make a massive contributions and he s going to perform really well for us.

On conditions at Adelaide

(But) I think it s really important that we don t get too excited about that. We just need to make sure we perform like we did in the first three days of the first test match for the whole game.

If we do that and recognise the key moments of the game then we give ourselves the best chance of winning.

England lost the first Test at Gabba by 10 wickets after being ahead on the first three days.