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Moeen Ali injured his index finger during the 1st Test at Brisbane Getty Images

Moeen Ali will be leading England XI in this week’s two-day warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI at Perth. However, he confirmed that he won’t be bowling in order to rest his spinning finger. Moeen injured the index finger of his right hand during England’s 10-wicket defeat in the Gabba Test. He played the Adelaide Test with an injury and made little impact.

While Nathan Lyon is wreaking havoc in the England camp, Moeen has done little damage. He had bowled very little ahead of the Ashes due to a side strain. Moeen confirmed the news of not bowling to ESPNCricinfo.

On not bowling in warm-up match

“I probably won’t bowl this game, just so my finger has more time. It needs to heal. As soon as I start bowling it starts to rip a little. I’m a finger-spinner. It’s the one thing I need to be 100%. I ripped it in the first game and it’s not been easy. I didn’t score many runs or take many wickets in Adelaide, so it was a tough game.

Moeen Ali named England captain for warm-up game in Perth
Moeen Ali named England captain for warm-up game in Perth

“I need a bit more time for healing. It is healing now. I didn’t bowl much in the second innings in Adelaide, which was actually quite good for my finger, and hopefully, another five or six days’ rest will be quite good for it,” Moeen said.

The two-day warm-up match will start on Saturday at Richardson Park, Perth. England were trailing 0-2 in the five-match Ashes series. The third Test against Australia will be played at Perth from December 14.