Moeen Ali to lead England in Perth warm-up

Ali has struggled for form during the tour

Moeen Ali is to captain an England XI in a two-day warm-up match ahead of the third Ashes test in Perth. The remainder of the team will comprise members of England Lions squad, with the likes of Mark Wood pushing a case for his inclusion in the Test squad.

The sympathetic attitude extends to the pitch where England will field a second-string team against a Cricket Australia XI on Saturday.

Moeen Ali, after a bad start to the tour, will play and captain an England side for the first time as he tries to get more bowling under his belt.

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Moeen, who missed first two warmups on the tour due to a side strain, will use the two-day game to get a few more overs under his belt. Coach Trevor Bayliss, and the captain, Joe Root, suggested he will retain his place for the Perth Test.

Ali is the only player from the Adelaide Test to play in the England XI side which also includes the bench players (Gary Ballance, Ben Foakes, Mason Crane, Jake Ball and Tom Curran).

That will give opportunities to - among others - Mark Wood, Keaton Jennings, Ben Duckett and Liam Livingstone.

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