Ashes 2023: Moeen Ali's finger still won't be any good in a week's time, says Ian Healy after Edgbaston Test

By India Today Sports Desk: Former Australia batter Ian Healy has said that England all-rounder Moeen Ali’s finger still won't be any good in a week's time. Australia beat England at Edgbaston and will face them in the second Ashes 2023 Test at Lord’s on June 28.

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Speaking on the SEN podcast 'Dwayne's World', Healy said Moeen won’t be able to recover from his finger injury in a week’s time. Moeen picked up an injury during the first Test at Edgbaston during Australia’s first innings.

“Moeen Ali still won't be any good in a week's time. The top of his spinning finger is off, the whole skin is totally off. So, I cannot see how that can heal and not be painful by next Wednesday and get any practice in during the week,” said Healy.

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He went on to suggest potential replacements for Moeen, naming Jack Dawson and Adil Rashid, insisting that he can’t see Moeen play confidently with his injury at Lord’s.

“Liam Dawson being a replacement type, Adil Rashid being a leg-spinner, or stick with just Joe Root. I think that would be a good Test of their confidence to see how they go there in replacing Moeen because I can't see how he could play confidently again next Wednesday,” Healy added.

Moeen was charged by the ICC after being found guilty of breaching Article 2.20 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.

The incident occurred during the 89th over of Australia's first innings at Edgbaston when Moeen was observed applying a drying agent to his bowling hand while fielding near the boundary line. One demerit point was added to the all-rounder's disciplinary record for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct. This was Moeen's first offence in the past 24 months.

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