Moeen Ali to skipper England XI featuring Mark Wood in Perth this weekend
Last Updated: 07/12/17 1:01pm
Moeen Ali will captain an England XI featuring Test hopeful Mark Wood in the two-day Ashes warm-up in Perth this weekend.
Ali is the only member of the team beaten in the second Test in Adelaide who will line up in the match against a Cricket Australia XI, with the side completed by England's back-up Ashes players and stars from the Lions.
Gary Ballance, wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, Mason Crane, Jake Ball - who played in England's defeat in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane - and Tom Curran will join Ali in a 12-man squad, alongside Lions players Wood, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Duckett and Liam Livingstone.
England's Moeen conundrum
Moeen Ali's form and fitness is a concern for England after his ineffective performance with bat and ball in Adelaide.
Off-spinner Ali will get the chance to bowl some more overs in the contest, having taken just two wickets in the Ashes series to date, after he was affected by a finger injury in Brisbane.
England are 2-0 down with three to play in the Ashes, after their 120-run loss in the day-night second Test in Adelaide - Joe Root's side will bid to start their comeback bid at the WACA on December 14.
The two-day warm-up game ahead of the Test match will start on Saturday at Richardson Park in Perth.
England squad to face Cricket Australia XI: Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Ben Duckett (Northamptonshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Mark Wood (Durham).