Moeen Ali and Steven Finn ruled out of England’s first two Ashes tour matches

• All-rounder Moeen to miss warm-ups with side strain
• Paceman Finn’s knee injury not as bad as first feared

England will be without the off-spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali and fast bowler Steven Finn for the opening two matches of their tour of Australia.

Scans on Finn’s left knee, which he jarred in the nets on Thursday, and Moeen’s left side, which has been causing him discomfort in recent days, revealed sufficient damage to rule the pair out of the games against a Western Australia XI at the Waca and the day-night match against a Cricket Australia XI at Adelaide Oval from Wednesday.

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