Steven Finn and Moeen Ali    Getty Images
Steven Finn and Moeen Ali Getty Images

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 (ECB) announced on Friday. 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 on Saturday, 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 begin their attempt to retain the Ashes in the first Test in Brisbane on November 23.