Steven Finn out of Ashes tour with serious knee injury

7 November 2017, 08:25

Steven Finn will miss the remainder of England's Ashes tour after scans revealed that he has a torn left knee cartilage.

The Middlesex seamer sustained the injury during practice last week in Perth and will return to the UK in the next 48 hours where he will meet a knee specialist to ascertain whether he will have an operation.

England will announce his replacement for the rest of the tour in due course.

The 28-year-old was a late addition to the England squad following the ECB's decision to exclude Ben Stokes from selection consideration, after Stokes' arrest in September.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Moeen Ali is set to miss this week's day-night match against a Cricket Australia XI at the Adelaide Oval with a side strain but coach Trevor Bayliss said he was on track to be available for a return to action in the tour match in Townsville starting on November 15.

When asked about Ali's fitness, Bayliss said: "We will just leave him out of this one and make sure he's right."

Bayliss has also responded to reports that said Stokes would soon face an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary hearing and could join the squad in time for the third Test.

"If he does come at some stage, he won't have any trouble at all fitting in because he's such an integral part of the setup," Bayliss told Sky Sports News. "He's good mates with the squad and they're good mates with him.

England begin their campaign to retain the Ashes at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 23.

England team to face Cricket Australia XI in day-night match at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root (c), Malan, Bairstow (wk), Woakes, Overton, Ball, Crane, Anderson.