England are sweating over the fitness of all-rounder Moeen Ali for the upcoming second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide due to a finger injury.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury while bowling in the second innings of the Brisbane Test which England went on to lose by 10 wickets.
England skipper Joe Root indicated that Moeen might still be retained in the side as a specialist batsman, though he has not ruled out a debut for leg-spinner Mason Crane.
"We'll have another look at things after practice and see how he is then and see if there's any more damage to it and then we'll have to make a decision from there," Root told reporters at Adelaide Oval.
"His batting's been a huge part of our team for a long period of time now so I think he would still play as a batter.
"I think we'll have to look at the situation with Moeen, see how bad it is, look at the conditions but it's definitely not out of the question [on debut for Crane]."
With damp conditions expected in the opening days of the day-night Adelaide Test, Root feels the conditions will suit the England players better than what they experienced at The Gabba.
"It's very English outside," he said.
"It's forecast to be damp and that should play into our hands."
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