15th Jan, 2019

Ali hoping side-strain will be short lived

Worcester Editorial 16th Mar, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

MOEEN Ali will undergo a scan this week to assess the extent of his side-strain which kept him out of England’s final World Cup match against Afghanistan.

The Worcestershire all-rounder was examined in Australia but will be looked at again when he returns home.

England are due to announce their squad on Wednesday (March 18) for the tour of the West Indies for which they will depart on April 2.

Moeen suffered the setback when bowling in the defeat against Bangladesh although he was able to bat later in a game which ended England’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

He said: “I picked up a strain in my left side while bowling my sixth over. I felt something go and I was in so much pain that I almost stopped bowling halfway through my seventh over but I managed to get through it somehow.

“It was a problem when I was batting too especially when I dived in for the run out. That was the last thing I needed.

“I’ll need to have it looked again when we get back to the UK before I know how long I’ll be out for.

“But with so much cricket coming up I hope it won’t be long.”

Moeen had played in England’s last 19 ODIs – two against India, seven in Sri Lanka, five in the Tri-Series with Australia and India and five during the World Cup – before sustaining the injury.

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