GiveMeSport – Moeen Ali has seen off the first dangerous predator of his maiden Ashes tour, and is out to help tame the hosts’ much-hyped bowling attack too.

Summary

  • Moeen Ali has seen off the first dangerous predator of his maiden Ashes tour, and is out to help tame the hosts’ much-hyped bowling attack too.
  • While Moeen was keeping the crocodiles safely at arm’s length at the Billabong Sanctuary Native Wildlife Park in Townsville on Monday morning, a two-hour flight south in Brisbane Mitchell Starc was already talking a fierce game on behalf of Australia’s pace bowlers.
  • Moeen, fit to play in this week’s warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI after sitting out the first two tour fixtures with a “slight side strain”, did not flinch when Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill announced the names of the roosters he and Alastair Cook would be feeding to crocodiles Caesar and Bully.
  • For Moeen, it was a first public appearance of this two-week-old tour, and he made clear he has spent enough time on the sidelines and is out to make his presence felt in the first Test in Brisbane next week.
  • Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird were simultaneously honing their skills in a training camp at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field – and the left-arm spearhead spelled out just how well he thinks they are coming alongStarc, who warmed up for the Ashes with a hat-trick in each innings of New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield victory over Western Australia last week, began by voicing his admiration of Hazlewood.


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