Ashes: England's Moeen Ali fit to play third tour game

Ashes: England's Moeen Ali fit to play third tour game”

When the First Test gets under way in Brisbane at midnight on 23 November, last orders will have been rung in the vast majority of pubs up and down the United Kingdom, so while there will be plenty of die-hards sitting through the night watching the drama unfold on BT Sport, the majority of cricket fans will dream of England heroics right through to their early morning alarms, blissfully unaware of what's actually happened.

"There's been a lot of talk".

Moeen, fit to play in this week's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI after sitting out the first two tour fixtures with a "slight side strain", did not flinch when Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill announced the names of the roosters he and Alastair Cook would be feeding to crocodiles Caesar and Bully.

"Last time that caught us out, but I think we are a bit wiser this time". "We expect it to be hostile". We are in a good place and ready for that. "It certainly wasn't the way we wanted to play the Test but I'm pretty sure if there was maybe a bit more grass on day one and two, got the first innings through a bit quicker, that we might have seen that result".

"Fear is not the right word to describe England's attitude".

"I think both teams have got to be honest about whether they were trying to win the Test match", Mott said in Sydney.

Root also brushed off suggestions the Australians planned to specifically target him after he managed just one half-century and averaged less than 28 with the bat on his previous tour of Australia in 2013-14.

"I've heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular", Root told reporters on Tuesday.

"Bring it's what it's about". You want that competitive element to it and there are little in-house rivalries if you like.

"It should be a great series and they've got some great players within their squads and some good characters which will make for a great Test", he said.

While Moeen was keeping the crocodiles safely at arm's length at the Billabong Sanctuary Native Wildlife Park in Townsville on Monday morning, a two-hour flight south in Brisbane Mitchell Starc was already talking a fierce game on behalf of Australia's pace bowlers.

James Vince and Dawid Malan will occupy the number three and five positions respectively in the batting order while Jamie Overton will get another chance to stake a claim to make his Test debut in the first Ashes Test.

"But ultimately getting runs and good habits here and getting in good habits is the way we have to approach it", he said. That slowed the whole Test match up and made it hard to get 20 wickets for both teams. You have to focus on your game and the situation the team is in.

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