Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Moeen Hopeful Of Being Fully Fit In Another Couple Of Weeks

Moeen Hopeful Of Being Fully Fit In Another Couple Of Weeks

Moeen Ali is hopeful he will be back to full fitness in a couple of weeks after suffering a side strain during the latter stages of England's World Cup campaign.

The Worcestershire all-rounder sustained the injury during the game with Bangladesh whilst bowling and missed the final Pool A match against Afghanistan.

That ended a run of 19 successive One-Day Internationals for the 27-year-old – two against India, seven in Sri Lanka, five in the Tri-Series involving Australia and India and five during the World Cup.

Moeen's setback has ruled him out of the original squad chosen for the Test series in the West Indies next month although he may fly out to join his England team-mates if he gets the all clear.

He said: "How am I fitness wise? I'm good. I feel like I'm ahead of schedule at the minute so hopefully another couple of weeks and I will be close to being fully fit.

"Hopefully I can either get on the plane to the West Indies or be ready for the first (Worcestershire) game against Yorkshire, whatever England decide.

"England want me to take my time although obviously get 100% as quick as I can. Personally I just want to get fit, start playing, start training as quick as I can and hopefully get back on that pitch.

"Am I able to bowl? That is going to take a bit longer I think. After a couple of weeks I think I'll be able to bowl, maybe less. Things are progressing quickly at the minute.

"I feel really good and the Worcestershire physio (Ben Davies) is happy with my progress as well. The way things are going, hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be fully fit.

"England are going to come and assess me on Friday and see where I am and how I am doing.

"In the meantime I'm doing stuff with Ben Davies and Ross Dewar (Worcestershire fitness and conditioning coach) who are doing a fantastic job.

"The last couple of days I've really enjoyed it and it feels really good."