Root allays Moeen fears

01 December 2017 03:35:19 EST

England captain Joe Root has played down reports that Moeen Ali will have to sit out the second Ashes Test because of an injury to his spinning finger.

Moeen did not bowl in the nets on Thursday but Root is hoping that the tourists can name the same team in Adelaide as the one that lost by ten wickets in Brisbane in the first Test.

"I think he would still play, even if he was not fully fit to bowl," Root said of Moeen.

"Mo has been outstanding recently. He's just had a wonderful summer. He deserves that chance at six and Jonny [Bairstow] at seven knows how to get the best of the tail."

England are expected to persevere with Jake Ball rather than Craig Overton on a surface that is expected to be a bit harder and less grassy than recent pitches in Adelaide, where the weather is cool.

"It's pretty much like being at home, so hopefully that can play into our hands," Root added.

"With a bit of moisture around, that might be something that excites our bowlers. It's important we don't get too carried away about that, we just have to make sure our skill levels are right up there.

"We have to perform like we did in the first three days in Brisbane. If we do that, we'll give ourselves the best chance of winning."

Australia will be unchanged from the side that won the first Test at the Gabba. The Baggy Greens are 4/6 to win the second Test and 7/2 to triumph in the series 4-1. Moeen is 8/1 to be England's top batsman in their first innings in Adelaide.

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