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Moeen Ali’s Ashes Finale Groin Injury

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Moeen Ali’s Ashes Finale Groin Injury

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England’s hopes in the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval have been overshadowed by concerns surrounding Moeen Ali’s fitness after he suffered a right groin injury on the opening day of the match.

In the afternoon session, the 36-year-old found himself in distress after running for a single, prompting the need for immediate medical attention on the field. Despite the setback, Ali showed determination by resuming his innings after a lengthy consultation with the team medic. However, he would show to be unable to run comfortably between the wickets, resulting in him relying on boundary shots to amass 23 runs from just nine deliveries before being dismissed by Todd Murphy for 34.

As the evening session resumed and Australia took the field for their innings, Ali was absent from the field. The England team spokesperson confirmed that he was still under assessment. The uncertainty surrounding Ali’s condition left England uncertain about his availability for the rest of the match.

Harry Brook, a teammate of Ali, expressed concern for the injured player, acknowledging his significant contribution to the team and expressing hope for a swift recovery.

“He’s not looking too good at the minute, hopefully he can come and bowl some overs for us.” said Harry Brook, England cricketer.

Ali has been instrumental for England, and his absence in the fourth innings could significantly impact the team’s chances, especially in the Oval. Nathan Lyon’s impressive figures of 4-41 in the recent World Test Championship final against India further highlight the importance of spin bowlers at this iconic ground.


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The extent of Ali’s injury has raised doubts about his ability to bowl in the subsequent innings. If he is unable to contribute with the ball, England will miss a crucial player in their bowling arsenal. This could potentially put them at a disadvantage in the Ashes series finale.

“That Moeen Ali injury will play a big part in the rest of the game now. It will be really interesting to see how much work he’s going to be able to do with the ball. They’ll assess it, no doubt, over the next little period. If they’re without their spinner, that takes away a huge weapon here at The Oval, because we know spinners have played a huge role here.”
Callum Ferguson, Former Australian batter.

On the Australian side, concerns also emerged about Mitchell Starc’s condition during the match. The 33-year-old bowler appeared to be in discomfort as he grabbed his bandaged shoulder early in the afternoon session. Prior to the Ashes finale, Starc’s injury status had been uncertain after he landed awkwardly on his shoulder while fielding in the recent Old Trafford Test. Fortunately, Starc returned to the field after receiving medical attention and made an impact by taking four crucial wickets, including that of rival captain Ben Stokes.

The uncertainty surrounding the fitness of both Moeen Ali and Mitchell Starc adds an extra layer of intrigue. The outcome of the final Test at The Oval may be influenced by how these key players respond to their injuries and whether they can make contributions in the upcoming sessions.


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