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

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali

England's decision to play in high temperatures in Townsville was taken to help adapt to expected conditions for their first Ashes Test in Brisbane, but a forecast of cloud could turn out to favour their swing bowlers against Australia.

Root, however, rubbished the predictions, saying the visitors are ready to face all the challenges during the series.

No England batsman has scored a century in their warm-up matches with the final tour game against a Cricket Australia XI to start on Wednesday.

"Last time that caught us out, but I think we are a bit wiser this time". It's still about making sure we're absolutely prepared for any scenario out there. "We expect it to be hostile". We're expecting it to be hostile, we're expecting it to be very loud and rowdy atmosphere at the Gabba. We have got four days of cricket ahead.

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

Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon said every Australian bowler will target touring skipper Root, who has amassed 13 hundreds and 32 half-centuries in 60 Test matches.

"I've heard a lot of chat about targeting me, in particular", Root said.

"Bring it on.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".

Root, who has posted totals of 58, 1 and 9 in three innings in Australia, is desperate for runs.

"He's a bloody genius with line and length, and it allows Pat and me to really unleash and bowl as quick as we want and attack", said Starc.

"If we get the opportunity to do that, that's definitely the mentality of the batting side and that's something we have to have throughout the five Test matches".

"We are in a good place and ready for that".

It sounds a daunting task for England, who can be sure at least they have Moeen fully fit again with bat and ball.

England team for four-day tour game: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root (Captain), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Craig Overton, Stuart Broad, Mason Crane.

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