Having arrived in Australia around a fortnight ago, England finds themselves in a bit of a bother as injuries have wrecked them on a consistent basis and to add to their woes all-rounder Ben Stokes hasn’t been cleared either. So in all the English team is in a total dilemma and there might be a case where more than one rookie makes the playing XI during the series.
Injuries have pegged the pace brigade barring the likes of the experienced James Anderson and Stuart Broad but the likes of Craig Overton who has been brought in as a cover for the Ashes bowled well during the practise game and is likely to make the XI for the opening Test. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali who also suffered an injury after England arrived in the country has recovered and will play the final warm-up game in the lead up to the opening Ashes Test in Gabba.
He might well be the only spinner in the team, and he won’t mind given his success rate at the recent times. He has found success in foreign conditions which speaks highly of his abilities. Meanwhile ahead of the final Warm-up game in Townsville the English players enjoyed themselves. Moeen Ali was seen feeding a crocodile.
The video was posted by the official ECB Twitter handle with a caption, “Here’s @MoeenAli feeding Bully the crocodile in Townsville. Not scared at all. While feeding the crocodile, the reptile jumped from water which got Moeen a bit scared.
WATCH: Here's @MoeenAli feeding Bully the crocodile in Townsville.
Not scared at all! 😂 pic.twitter.com/LDDrovc0tG
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 13, 2017
Meanwhile, fast-bowler James Anderson has been named as the vice-captain of the team in the absence of Ben Stokes. On the other hand skipper Joe Root will take hurt from the fact that they have some experienced players in their ranks despite the series of injuries and will back themselves to retain the Ashes. It will be more of revenge especially after suffering a 0-5 whitewash when the two teams last met Down-Under.