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Sport Things to watch out for in England's final Ashes warm up

14:46  14 november  2017
14:46  14 november  2017 Source:

Tom Curran added to England Ashes squad to replace Finn

  Tom Curran added to England Ashes squad to replace Finn England have confirmed that they have drafted in Surrey fast bowler Tom Curran into the Ashes squad after Steven Finn suffered a knee injury. Finn has been ruled out of the Ashes series this Winter after tearing cartilage in his left knee during a routine nets session in Perth, dealing another blow to England’s bowling attack. Already without Ben Stokes, at least for now, following his involvement in a late-night brawl outside a Bristol night club during the summer series with the Windies, England have been forced to bring the uncapped Curran into the fold. The exciting 22-year-old bowler broke into the one-day side in the summer, featuring in the short format of the game against both South Africa and the Windies but this will be his first experience of test cricket. Tom Helm and Liam Plunkett were also considered as replacements for Finn, as was Mark Wood who is not considered to be fully fit by the time the series starts, but the selectors opted for Curran. Finn joins an ever-growing list of England bowlers to have suffered injuries in recent months. Toby Roland-Jones was ruled out of the Ashes with a stress fracture in his back, while Moeen Ali is also struggling for fitness. Jake Ball and Craig Overton are the front-runners to be selected as Eng;and’s fourth seamer for the first Ashes test.

Cook (left) and his team-mates stretch out ahead of Wednesday' s final warm - up game. A taste of things to come? England stars Ali and Cook come face-to-face with 800kg saltwater crocodile called Bully Countdown to the Ashes in Australia.

England eased to a seven-wicket victory in their final Ashes warm - up match against an Australian Invitational XI. Michael Carberry hit a half century and Jonathan Trott chipped in with 38 not out as the tourists cruised to their victory target of 148.

CA XI v England - Four Day Tour Match: Day 3 © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Sport CA XI v England - Four Day Tour Match: Day 3

England will play their final warm-up match ahead of the Ashes series as they face the Cricket Australia XI once again on Wednesday morning

After a ‘blow-the-cobwebs off’ type two-day game, England defeated the Cricket Australia XI in a four-day night first-class match in Adelaide.

With England facing their final warm-up match ahead of the real thing getting underway, it’s vital that they can select as close to what they management team want to the team which will start the first Test.

I’ve taken a look at the things we need to watch out for in the final warm up game:

ECB chief on Ben Stokes: We must strike balance between 'censure and support'

  ECB chief on Ben Stokes: We must strike balance between 'censure and support' England will make a decision regarding Ben Stokes' future after a police investigation has concluded, says England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison. Stokes is waiting to hear if he will be charged after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following a late-night fracas in Bristol on September 25, with a decision expected this week.The 26-year-old all-rounder has stayed at home while the rest of the England squad are in Australia preparing for the first Ashes Test, which starts in Brisbane on November 23.

Here Sportsmail looks at 10 things to watch out for from the tournament. Butland to start successive England internationals for the first time Stoke City keeper played in England ' s final World Cup England train at the Adelaide Oval ahead of latest Ashes warm - up as preparations kick up

Alastair Cook looks dejected after being dismissed for a second ball duck in England ' s first Ashes warm - up fixture against Western Australia at the WACA in Perth. Departing Chelsea chief Emenalo watches Ladies team cruise towards Champions League quarter- finals Exit-bound supremo watches

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England face Australia in the first Test at the Gabba on 23 NovemberJoe Root’s tourists will face Steve Smith’s side at the Gabba in the first Ashes Test starting on 23 November. But although England are holders of the urn, it’s the Baggy Greens who go into the Ashes series as favourites.

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